Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

But you're unlikely to guess the names of the 2017 iPhone and iPad App of the Year award recipients without cheating. Apple says the title "radiates imagination and originality". It's free but many of its features are only available through in-app purchases or a subscription.

Apple's iPad game of the year is The Witness, a lovely single-person puzzle game.

Apple's iPhone game of the year is Splitter Critters, a creative and cute puzzler in which players navigate the game's two dimensional world by ripping it apart and pasting it back together.

The first official Mario game from Nintendo to come to the iPhone and iPad topped the free download charts on both the smartphone and tablet. The Witness was also selected as Game of the Year on the Mac App Store, where Aurora HDR 2018 won in the app category. Unsurprisingly, Super Mario Run leads Apple's list of USA best-selling mobile games after prevailing in Google's contest for the most downloaded new Android game of the year too.


Meditation, photo editing and puzzles were the themes of the best apps of the year, as determined by Apple employees.

The free iPhone apps top 10 reads like a checklist of obvious downloads, with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger all featuring, along with Bitmoji - highlighting just how popular emoji-based conversation has become. Four breakout trends for this year for iOS devices include the introduction of augmented reality (AR) apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness, and apps transforming storytelling and reading.

For Apple Music, the most popular album was Drake's More Life and Ed Sheeran snagged the most popular song with Shape of You. Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 USA top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time.

Moana was the top movie of the year, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman, Apple said.

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