Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

On the iPad, professional photo editing app Affinity Photo has been named App of the Year, with Jonathan Blow's The Witness winning Game of the Year; on the iPhone, Apple Design Award 2017 victor Splitter Critters was also named Game of the Year, while meditation and relaxation app Calm was chosen as the App of the Year.

Apple's editors also announced their picks for the best apps of the year. The most downloaded game was Super Mario Run.

Apple has also released the usual top charts listings for free and paid apps and games.

The picks include two puzzle games and a meditation app. Affinity Photo is also a paid-up front app although Calm is free with an optional subscription.

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The top free iPhone apps of the year included lots of usual suspects: Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify, and Uber.

Fresh Air continues to dominate the iTunes' podcast chart, but 2017 has also seen a rise in daily news podcasts, with podcasts like The New York Times's The Daily and Up First from NPR jumping into the most downloaded list. Apple features augmented reality, online realtime mobile games, environmentally-minded apps for sustainable living, and apps to help with parenting. Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, meanwhile, ranked as this year's top song. But that wasn't all for the House of Mouse, with Disney claiming a full half of the top ten with five of its movies being listed, including Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Rogue One, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Taylor Swift's latest album, Reputation, has already reached the third spot on the 2017 U.S. top album charts despite having just launched on November 10. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Rick and Morty topped the iTunes TV charts this year.

You can see all the top charts and recommendations in the App Store and iTunes Store now.

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