Best iPhone and iPad apps and games of 2017, according to Apple

Best iPhone and iPad apps and games of 2017, according to Apple

Not many days are left in 2017.

'Tis the season to celebrate the year's top performers on Apple's iOS App Store and iTunes after already seeing Google hand out its awards for best 2017 Android apps and games, as well as the most popular Play Music, Books, Movies and TV titles. While game and app picks can also be viewed on the respective Games and Apps front pages, it's in the Today tab that Apple was able to put higher emphasis on each victor and tell the story behind it. A similar trend was noticed with the game of the year with Splitter Critters named as the iPhone game of the year, while for the iPad, it was The Witness. For the iPad, it was Affinity Photo, a desktop-class photo editor. Both the games are not freemium titles. Unsurprisingly, Super Mario Run leads Apple's list of U.S. best-selling mobile games after prevailing in Google's contest for the most downloaded new Android game of the year too.

Apple highlights in a statement that 2017 has been a "big year" for apps, games, and trends in app culture. The passing year saw a rise in real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness, and apps transforming storytelling and reading.

Best iPhone and iPad apps and games of 2017, according to Apple
Best iPhone and iPad apps and games of 2017, according to Apple

WhatsApp Messenger was also revealed as the most downloaded free app by iPhone users, ahead of Snapchat and Instagram.

And lastly, computer science was a huge area of interest in 2017, with the top three courses on iTunes U focusing on learning to code and developing apps with Swift. Pandora, a music streaming service, also dashed out of the top ten, but was able to get a place among the top fifteen apps.

Among dozens of picks, Apple listed Ed Sheeran's Shape of You and Drake's More Life as the Top Song and Top Album of 2017, respectively; Moana was the Top Movie of 2017, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman. Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 U.S. top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time. The top TV show download went to Game of Thrones and Walking Dead.

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