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Top 10 grossing iPhone apps ever (pictures)

On the 5th anniversary of Apple's App Store, we take a look at the iPhone apps that have risen to the top and made the most money.

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1 of 10 MLB.com

#10 MLB.com At Bat

After five years, Apple's App Store has 900,000 apps available and has surpassed an incredible 50 billion total downloads. That's more than 800 apps downloaded every second.

With that kind of volume, it takes a lot to get noticed, but a few developers have managed to do it with great success. Out of the 900,000 choices you have, these 10 apps have risen to the top of the pile. Here's a look at the 10 highest grossing iPhone apps according to Apple, though the company didn't release the numbers for how much each app made.

Starting at #10 is MLB.com At Bat, which let's you watch the free MLB.TV baseball Game of the Day or access an MLB.TV Premium subscription to watch every out-of-market Major League Baseball game.

Update, July 10 at 8:45 a.m. PT: Specifies number of apps available in Apple's App Store.

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2 of 10 Mojang

#9 Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Minecraft – Pocket Edition is #9 on the list of top grossing iPhone apps.
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3 of 10 Electronic Arts

#8 The Simpsons™: Tapped Out

After Homer destroys their hometown of Springfield, you must rebuild the city in The Simpsons™: Tapped Out. It comes in at #8 on the list of top grossing iPhone apps.
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4 of 10 Kabam

#7 The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth

The massively multiplayer game The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth is #7 on the list of top grossing iPhone apps.
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5 of 10 Kabam

#6 Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North

Kingdoms of Camelot: Battle for the North has more than 7.5 million players and has reached #1 on the App Store in more than 68 countries.
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6 of 10 Supercell

#5 Hay Day

Farming game Hay Day lets you "get back to nature and experience the peaceful, simple life of working the land and rearing chickens, pigs, cows and sheep." It comes in at #5 on the list of top grossing iPhone apps.
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7 of 10 Mobage, Inc.

#4 MARVEL War of Heroes

At #4, Marvel War of Heroes -- the official mobile battle game from the Marvel Universe -- features Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, and more of your favorite Marvel characters.
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8 of 10 Pandora Media, Inc.

#3 Pandora Radio

Build custom music experiences with the Pandora Radio app, a free personalized radio that only plays music you'll love. It's the #3 top grossing iPhone app of all time.
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9 of 10 Supercell

#2 Clash of Clans

Build your village, train your troops, and battle with thousands of others in Clash of Clans, the #2 top grossing iPhone app of all time.
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10 of 10 King.com Limited

#1 Candy Crush Saga

Though a recent entry in the App Store, Candy Crush Saga has enjoyed enormous success with casual gaming fans, making it the #1 top grossing iPhone app of all time.

Even though there have been ton of match-3 type games in the App Store over the years, Candy Crush Saga shows the evolution of the genre and how a simple game mechanic can still hold peoples' interest.

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