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



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 for 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 did not 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 do not 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 TV) – the latter who also won an Apple Design Award earlier this year.

Showcasing their somewhat secondary status, Apple Watch apps did not 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.

While its "Best of" selections were editorially selected, Apple also unveiled its year- than the "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

  • Snapchat
  • Messenger
  • Facebook
  • Facebook
  • Top Free iPhone Apps – Chart

    1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
    2. Instagram
    3. Bitmoji
    4. Netflix
    5. Google Maps – Transit & Food
    6. Gmail – Email b y Google
    7. Spotify Music
    8. Amazon – Shopping Made Easy
    9. Uber
    10. WhatsApp Messenger
    11. Pandora – Streaming Music
    12. Wish – Shopping Made Fun
    13. TikTok – Real Short Videos
    14. Cash App
    15. Google Photos
    16. Google Chrome
    17. Twitter

    Top Paid iPhone Apps – Chart

    1. Facetune
    2. kirakira +
    3. Dark Sky Weather
    4. HotSchedules
    5. PlantSnap Plant Identification [19659013] My Talking Pet Pro
    6. Glitché
    7. The Scanner Pro
    8. The WonderWorks
    9. The WonderWorks
    10. TouchRetouch
    11. 7 Minute Workout Challenge
    12. Forest – Stay focused
    13. Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer
    14. Get Swag – Cool Fonts
    15. SkyView® – Explore the Universe
    16. HeartWatch. Heart & Activity

    Top Free iPhone Games

  • – Chart

    1. Fortnite
    2. Helix Jump
    3. Rise Up
    4. PUBG MOBILE
    5. Hole.io
    6. Love Balls
    7. Snake VS Block
    8. Rules of Survival
    9. ROBLOX
    10. Dune!
    11. Subway Surfers
    12. Episode – Choose Your Story
    13. Word Link – Word Puzzle Game
    14. Show Blast
    15. Color Road! 19659013] HQ Trivia
    16. Twisty Road!
    17. 8 Ball Pool ™
    18. Kick the Buddy
    19. Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games

    Top Paid iPhone Games – Chart

    1. Heads Up!
    2. Minecraft
    3. Plague Inc.
    4. Bloons TD 6
    5. Pocket Build
    6. Bloons TD 5
    7. Geometry Dash
    8. The Game of Life
    9. Papa's Freezeria To Go!
    10. Grand Theft Auto
    11. Alto's Odyssey
    12. True Skate
    13. The Room: Old Sins
    14. Terraria
    15. 19659013] Exploding Kittens®
    16. Five Nights at Freddy's
    17. The Escapists: Prison Escape

    Top Free iPad Apps – Chart

    1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
    2. Netflix
    3. Messenger
    4. Facebook
    5. Amazon Prime Video
    6. Google Chrome
    7. Gmail – Email to Google
    8. YouTube Kids
    9. The Calculator
    10. Amazon – Shopping Made Easy
    11. Spotify Music
    12. Hulu: Watch TV Shows & Movies
    13. Google Docs: Sync, Edit, Share
    14. Google Drive
    15. Google Maps – Transit & Food
    16. Microsoft Word
    17. Pandora – Streaming Music
    18. Amazon Kindle
    19. Colorfy: Coloring Art Games
    20. Google

    Top Paid iPad Apps – Chart

    1. Procreate
    2. Notability
    3. GoodNotes 4
    4. Toca Life: Pets
    5. Duet Display
    6. Toca Life: After School [19659013] XtraMath
    7. Toca Hair Salon 3
    8. MyScript Nebo
    9. Toca Kitchen 2
    10. PDF Expert by R Toca Life: Hospital
    11. Toca Life: Hospital
    12. Affinity Photo
    13. Toca Life: Office
    14. GoodReader
    15. Toca Lab: Elements
    16. Notes Plus
    17. Human Anatomy Atlas 2019
    18. Toca Life: City
    19. AnyFont

    Top Free iPad Games – Chart

    1. Fortnite
    2. ROBLOX
    3. Kick the Buddy
    4. Love Balls
    5. Helix Jump
    6. Color by Number Coloring Game!
    7. Bowmasters
    8. Hole.io
    9. Rise Up
    10. Rules of Survival
    11. Subway Surfers
    12. Rolling Sky
    13. PUBG MOBILE
    14. Show Blast
    15. Snake VS Block
    16. Granny
    17. Piano Tiles 2 ™
    18. slither.io
    19. Run Sausage Run!
    20. Pixel Art – Color by Number

    Top Paid iPad Games – Chart

    1. Minecraft
    2. Geometry Dash
    3. The Game of Life
    4. The Room: Old Sins
    5. Heads Up!
    6. Bloons TD 6
    7. Goat Simulator
    8. Five Nights at Freddy's
    9. LEGO® J urassic world ™
    10. Terraria
    11. The Escapists: Prison Escape
    12. Bloons TD 5 HD
    13. Monument Valley 2
    14. Plague Inc.
    15. Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location
    16. Goat Simulator PAYDAY
    17. Five Nights at Freddy's 2
    18. Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!
    19. Teen Titans Go! Figure
    20. 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. 19659002] The revamped and more editorial-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 only a marketplace and search engine for apps, but also

    According to Apple, the top ten most-read stories included several on popular games, and a guide for parents on Snapchat, among the developers who create apps, their businesses, and learn other tips and tricks.

    The full list included:

    Apple also picked a few editorial favorites of its own, including:

    Music, books and more

    The company also unveiled its editorial and most downloaded lists for podcasts. , audiobooks, books, tv show s and music.

    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.

    Apple is not 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 the best app, they chose YouTube TV.


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