NEW YORK (TheStreet) --
Apple (AAPL) published its list of the top 10 apps of 2012, ranging from a wide variety of categories, including games, social networking, music, movies to even utility tools.
Here are the top 10 free apps in 2012, according to Apple.
Instagram, the popular photo social network, was the No. 1 app this year. It became so popular that Facebook (FB) eventually bought Instagram.
Only behind Instagram, Facebook was another popular app this year, as more people continue to use social networking for communication. Facebook held its IPO in 2012, raising more than $16 billion in the offering.
Draw Something, the popular game now owned by Zynga (ZNGA) , was the top gaming app of 2012. Zynga recently wrote down its acquisition of OMGPOP, the maker of Draw Something.