Apple announces top 2017 apps

This week Apple released its yearly Best of 2017 charts for the iTunes Store, App Store and iBooks Store.

As their top 2017 picks, the Cupertino-based firm’s editors selected two outstanding apps each for the iPad and the iPhone. As far as iPhone apps are concerned, they chose a game, Splitter Critters, and a meditation app, Calm, as the winners.

For the iPad, The Witness (a puzzle game) and Affinity Pro (a photo editing app) walked away with top honours.

The company also shared a list of apps that form part of the Top Trends of the Year. This includes meditation-type applications such as Jovable and Calm, augmented reality apps Very Hungry Caterpillar and IKEA Place, contemporary story-telling applications such as Serial Box Publishing and Hooked, and multi-player apps such as Red Tides, Art of War and The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

The company has also announced this year’s top apps across various App Store charts. The top paid apps for iPhone included the 7-Minute Workout Challenge, Enlight, Tabs & Chords, HotSchedules, and Facetune. The top free apps for the iPhone included Instagram, Facebook Messenger, YouTube, Snapchat and Bitmoji.

The top games for iPhone included Word Cookies, Snake versus Block, Ballz, 8 Ball Pool, and Super Mario Run, while the top paid games were Monopoly, Bloons TD 5, Plague Inc., Minecraft and Heads Up!

The top free games for iPad devices were Bownmasters, Word Cookies, Rolling Sky, ROBLOX, and Super Mario Run, while the top paid games for this device were the Escapists, Bloons TD 5 HD, Five Nights at Freddy’s: sister Location, Geometry Dash, and Minecraft.

The top free iPad apps were Chrome, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Netflix and YouTube, while the top paid apps for these devices were GoodNotes 4, Toca Life: Salon 3, Toca Life: Hospital, Notability and Procreate.

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