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Apple announces its 'Best of 2018' lists across apps, games, music, podcasts and more

December 04,2018 06:11

Apple today announced its Best of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial list of what it considers the best content across its App Store and iTunes, along with its top charts of the most downloaded apps and games fo the year. As in other years, Apple ...and more »


Apple today announced its Best of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial list of what it considers the best content across its App Store and iTunes, along with its top charts of the most downloaded apps and games fo the year. As in other years, Apple selected a “best” app and game for each platform, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. It also rounded-up several favorite Apple Watch apps, but didn’t award a winner.
The best app of 2018 on iPhone was the iPhone version of the popular Procreate drawing app for iPad, Procreate Pocket.

Meanwhile, the top iPad app was Froggipedia, an AR app that lets you virtually dissect a frog so you don’t have to actually dissect a frog.
Both apps showcase technologies Apple aims to promote. In Procreate Pocket’s case, it’s the iPhone companion to an Apple Pencil-powered app on iPad. On the iPhone, it instead uses 3D Touch support for painting with your finger. Froggipedia turns an Apple Pencil into the scalpel to dissect a virtual frog.

On Mac, the top app was image editor Pixelmator Pro, and top Apple TV app was the big-screened version of workout app Sweat, whose creator Kayla Itsines also showed up at WWDC this year to lead a special session.
The top games this year were: Donut County (iPhone), Gorogoa (iPad), The Gardens Between (Mac) and Alto’s Odyssey (Apple TV) – the latter which also won an Apple Design Award earlier this year.  
Showcasing their somewhat secondary status, Apple Watch apps didn’t get a “best of” pick for app and game, but a small group got a shoutout from Apple as being “favorites.”
This includes: WaterMinder, Lifesum, 10% Happier, Carrot Weather, FunGolf GPS, Swing Tennis Tracker, Slopes, App in the Air, Overcast, and Just Press Record.
In addition to its “Best of” apps, Apple also identified 2018 app trends, which included “self-care” apps in the non-gaming space, and Battle Royale-style gaming (e.g. Fortnite and PUBG Mobile) as the game trend.
Notably, a self-care app – meditation app Calm – won the best iPhone app of 2017, so this is trend that’s not dying down. Though not a “Best of” pick on iPhone or iPad, Apple did give a shout-out to wellness and self-care apps, noting that Fabulous, Shine, 10% Happier and Headspace had a good year.
While its “Best of” selections were editorially chosen, Apple also unveiled its year-end “Top Charts” across iPhone and iPad, which were separated by both apps and games (free and paid).
These are the most downloaded app of 2018. The lists still show Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other entertainment apps dominating the top free charts.
Top Free iPhone Apps – Chart
YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
Instagram
Snapchat
Messenger
Facebook
Bitmoji
Netflix
Google Maps – Transit & Food
Gmail – Email by Google
Spotify Music
Amazon – Shopping made easy
Uber
WhatsApp Messenger
Pandora – Streaming Music
Wish – Shopping Made Fun
TikTok – Real Short Videos
Cash App
Google Photos
Google Chrome
Twitter
Top Paid iPhone Apps – Chart
Facetune
kirakira+
Dark Sky Weather
HotSchedules
PlantSnap Plant Identification
AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
Sky Guide
1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
The Wonder Weeks
Afterlight 2
My Talking Pet Pro
Glitché
Scanner Pro
TouchRetouch
7 Minute Workout Challenge
Forest – Stay focused
Full Fitness : Exercise Workout Trainer
Word Swag – Cool Fonts
SkyView® – Explore the Universe
HeartWatch. Heart & Activity
Top Free iPhone Games – Chart
Fortnite
Helix Jump
Rise Up
PUBG MOBILE
Hole.io
Love Balls
Snake VS Block
Rules of Survival
ROBLOX
Dune!
Subway Surfers
Episode – Choose Your Story
Word Link – Word Puzzle Game
Toon Blast
Color Road!
HQ Trivia
Twisty Road!
8 Ball Pool™
Kick the Buddy
Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games
Top Paid iPhone Games – Chart 
Heads Up!
Minecraft
Plague Inc.
Bloons TD 6
Pocket Build
Bloons TD 5
Geometry Dash
The Game of Life
Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Trivia Crack (No Ads)
Getting Over It
Monument Valley 2
Alto’s Odyssey
True Skate
The Room: Old Sins
Terraria
Exploding Kittens®
Five Nights at Freddy’s
The Escapists: Prison Escape
Top Free iPad Apps – Chart
YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
Netflix
Messenger
Facebook
Amazon Prime Video
Google Chrome
Gmail – Email by Google
YouTube Kids
The Calculator
Amazon – Shopping made easy
Spotify Music
Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Movies
Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share
Google Drive
Google Maps – Transit & Food
Microsoft Word
Pandora – Streaming Music
Amazon Kindle
Colorfy: Coloring Art Games
Google
Top Paid iPad Apps – Chart
Procreate
Notability
GoodNotes 4
Toca Life: Pets
Duet Display
Toca Life: After School
XtraMath
Toca Hair Salon 3
MyScript Nebo
Toca Kitchen 2
PDF Expert by Readdle
Toca Life: Hospital
Affinity Photo
Toca Life: Office
GoodReader
Toca Lab: Elements
Notes Plus
Human Anatomy Atlas 2019
Toca Life: City
AnyFont
Top Free iPad Games – Chart
Fortnite
ROBLOX
Kick the Buddy
Love Balls
Helix Jump
Color by Number Coloring Game!
Bowmasters – Multiplayer Game
Hole.io
Rise Up
Rules of Survival
Subway Surfers
Rolling Sky
PUBG MOBILE
Toon Blast
Snake VS Block
Granny
Piano Tiles 2™
slither.io
Run Sausage Run!
Pixel Art – Color by Number
Top Paid iPad Games – Chart 
Minecraft
Geometry Dash
The Game of Life
The Room: Old Sins
Heads Up!
Bloons TD 6
Goat Simulator
Five Nights at Freddy’s
LEGO® Jurassic World™
Terraria
The Escapists: Prison Escape
Bloons TD 5 HD
Monument Valley 2
Plague Inc.
Five Nights at Freddy’s: Sister Location
Goat Simulator PAYDAY
Five Nights at Freddy’s 2
Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! Figure
Scribblenauts Unlimited
Apple also rounded up its best stories
In addition to the best content across categories, Apple this year also highlighted the most-read stories from the “Today” section on the App Store.
The revamped and more editorially-driven App Store launched over a year ago in September 2017, making this year the first full year of its existence.
The store is now not just a marketplace and search engine for apps, but also a place to read about the developers who create apps, their businesses, and learn other tips and tricks.
According to Apple, the top ten most-read stories included several on popular games, and a guide for parents on Snapchat, among others.
The full list included:
A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat
A Whole New Virtual You
All the Feels
Enter the World of The Elder Scrolls: Blades
Games for Nongamers
These Puzzles Get Pretty Wild
Likelife—but More Fun
Enter Fortnite’s Epic Universe
Create the Perfect Wallpaper
Sky Guide
Apple also picked a few editorial favorites of its own, including:
She Beat the Heat
It’s Complicated
Lend an Ear
Sum Kind of Love
Falling in Love? Sounds Glorious
Music, books and more
The company also unveiled its editorial and most-downloaded lists for podcasts, audiobooks, books, TV shows, movies and music.

Some highlights of those selections included Artist of the year: Drake; Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD; Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin; Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves; Most Downloaded Podcast: The Daily; Best Book of the year: American Marriage; and Audiobook of the year: American Marriage.
The 2018 Apple Books charts is here, and the music charts are here.
Across podcasts, Apple selected a good handful of favorites, including In The Dark, Caliphate, The Dream, Everything is Alive, Slow Burn, Dr. Death, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard, Bubble, Bundyville, A Very Fatal, Murder, Wolverine: The Long Night, Serial, The Daily, This American Life, and 99% Invisible.
The top 25 most downloaded podcasts and most downloaded new podcasts of the year are here. It noted that investigate reporting continued to be a popular topic, while the News and Politics genre grew in 2018.

Apple isn’t the only one with a year-end “Best of” list out now. Google Play also this week unveiled its own “Best of 2018” winners.
Its list included the best app, Drops: Learn 31 new languages, and best game, PUBG Mobile. It introduced a “fan favorites” category as well, where users got to vote on their own favorite apps and games. Those winners included PUBG again, but for best app, they chose YouTube TV.

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