Apple Unveils App and Game of the Year, Best of 2017

Doris Richards
December 7, 2017

Not many days are left in 2017.

Apple has revealed the most popular apps, music and movies across the App Store, Apple Music, and iTunes for 2017.

Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary for both the Apple App Store and Android Market.

In the US, Calm has emerged as the iPhone app of the year, while Affinity Photo has surfaced as the iPad app of the year. It must be noted that Affinity is a paid-up-front app, while Calm is free. Four breakout trends for this year 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. Unsurprisingly, Super Mario Run leads Apple's list of United States best-selling mobile games after prevailing in Google's contest for the most downloaded new Android game of the year too.

China has been a key market for app makers in past years and that won't be changing anytime soon. The Bitmoji app, which is used to design avatars, was not even in the top ten a year ago. On the other hand, Pritam's "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", from the movie of the same title that was released last year, topped the tag of album of the year.

As in previous years, the company's App Store editors have selected the best apps and games of the year for every software platform - iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Pandora, a music streaming service, also dashed out of the top ten, but was able to get a place among the top fifteen apps.

The app store will be pre-installed on Huawei devices and will include a variety of content.

On Apple Music in India, the Humma Song by A.R. Rahman from OK Jaanu tops the charts, while the most popular album was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. 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.

Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles.

Drama is the genre dominating the iTunes TV charts this year, with favorites like "Game of Thrones" and "The Walking Dead" topping the year.

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