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These are the most popular iOS apps and games of all time

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Next week, Apple will—most likely—be announcing new versions of the iPhone and iPad, along with releasing the newest version of its mobile operating system iOS 9. It remains to be seen whether a new operating system or new devices will affect the types of apps we download. But a new report from app-tracking firm App Annie shows that our habits on our iOS devices haven’t changed much over the years.

Facebook—first released in 2008—is the most downloaded app in the world of all time, and Candy Crush Saga, which debuted November 2012, is the most downloaded game ever.

According to App Annie, which tracks the app stores in each country daily, US iPhone users have downloaded the top 10 apps of all time the most. The US dominated revenue earned for game downloads as well, apart from two games—Puzzle & Dragon and Monster Strike—where the Japanese spent the most. App Annie also said Apple’s Pages app is the only app on the list that doesn’t have a free version or in-app purchases (meaning it made all its revenue from people buying the app). Facebook-owned apps accounted for 40% of the most downloaded apps, a week after the company announced 1 billion people accessed the social network in a single day. Facebook also happens to be the only app in the top downloads chart that’s lasted since the initial launch of the App Store in 2008.

If you’re producing a casual game, a messaging app or a dating app for the next iPhone, you can hold out some hope that your app, like some of these enduring success stories, might just make it too:

Game downloads

Candy Crush Saga
November 2012
Fruit Ninja
April 2010
Angry Birds
December 2009
Subway Surfers
May 2012
Despicable Me
June 2013
Clash of Clans
June 2012
Temple Run
August 2011
Angry Birds Rio
March 2011
Temple Run 2
January 2013
Words With Friends
July 2009

App downloads

July 2008
Facebook Messenger
August 2011
September 2012
October 2010
March 2009
May 2009
Find My iPhone
June 2010
Google Maps
December 2012
October 2009
iTunes U
January 2012

Games by revenue

Clash of Clans
June 2012
Candy Crush Saga
November 2012
Puzzle & Dragons
February 2012
Game of War — Fire Age
July 2013
Monster Strike
September 2013
Hay Day
June 2012
Boom Beach
March 2014
November 2011
Big Fish Casino
August 2012
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
February 2012

Apps by revenue

July 2008
June 2011
January 2010
April 2010
July 2011
November 2010
March 2009 At Bat
October 2008
March 2009
November 2012

Correction (Sept. 4): An earlier version of this post said that Japanese users accounted for the most revenue earned for game downloads, when in fact they account for most revenue for just those two of the top ten games, Puzzle & Dragon and Monster Strike.

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