Apple announces its Best of 2018 & # 39; lists across apps, games, music, podcasts and more – TechCrunch

Apple Today's most popular of 2018 selections – its annual, editorial listing of which 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 has selected a "best" app and play for every platform, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. It also rounded up some favorite Apple Watch Apps, but did not award a winner.

The best app of 2018 on iPhone is the iPhone version of the popular appraach drawing app for iPad, Procretate packet.

Currently, the top iPad app is Froggipedia, an app that lets you virtually dissect a frog so you do not have to dissect a frog really.

Both apps showcase technologies Apple aims to promote. In the case of Procreate packet, it's the iPhone companion to Apple's Apple-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 the Mac, the top app was image editor Pixelmator Pro, and top Apple TV app is the great-screened version of WORKOUT APPET SVET, whose creator Kayla Izina also showed in WWDC this year to conduct a special session.

The top games this year are: Donut County (iPhone), Gorogoa (iPad), the gardens between (Mac) and Alto's Odyssey (Apple TV) – the one that won an Apple 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: Waterfall, Lifish, 10% Happier, Carrot Weather, Fungolf GPS, Swing Tennis Tracker, Slopes, App in the Air, Weather, and Only Press Record.

While his "Best of" selections were redirected, Apple also announced its year-end "Top Charts" across iPhones and iPad, which were separated by both apps and games (free and paid).

These are the most downloaded apps from 2018. The lists still show Facebook, YouTube, Google, and other entertainment apps dominating the top free charts.

Top Free iPhone Apps – Chart

  1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Messenger
  5. Facebook
  6. Bitmaz
  7. Netflix
  8. Google Maps – Transit & Food
  9. Gmail – Email by Google
  10. Spotify Music
  11. Amazon – shopping made easy
  12. Uber
  13. WhatsApp Messenger
  14. Pandora – Streaming Music
  15. Wish – Shopping Made Fun
  16. Tikotok – Real Short Videos
  17. Cash App
  18. Google Photos
  19. Google Chrome
  20. Twister

Top Paid iPhone Apps – Chart

  1. Facetune
  2. Kyakira +
  3. Dark Sky Weather
  4. HotSchedules
  5. Plant Plant Plant Identification
  6. AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
  7. Sky Guide
  8. 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
  9. The Wonder Week
  10. Afterlight 2
  11. My Talking Pet Pro
  12. Glitché
  13. Scanner Pro
  14. TouchRetouch
  15. 7 minutes workout challenge
  16. Forest – stay focused
  17. Full Fitness: Exercise Workout Trainer
  18. Word Swag – Cool Fonts
  19. SkyView® – Explore the Universe
  20. Heartwatch. Heart & Activity

Top Free iPhone Games Chart

  1. Fortnight
  2. Helix Jump
  3. Arise
  6. Love balls
  7. Snake vs Block
  8. Rules of survival
  9. Roblox
  10. Dune!
  11. Subway Surfers
  12. Episode – Pick Your Story
  13. Word Link – Word Puzzle game
  14. Toon Blast
  15. Color Road!
  16. HQ Trivia
  17. Twisty Road!
  18. 8 Ball Pool ™
  19. Kick the Buddy
  20. Sniper 3D Assassin: Gun Games

Top Paid iPhone Games – Chart

  1. Head up!
  2. Minecraft
  3. Plague Inc.
  4. Bloons TD6
  5. Pocket build
  6. Bloons TD5
  7. Geometry Dash
  8. The game of life
  9. Papa's Freezeria to Go!
  10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
  11. Trivia Crack (No Ads)
  12. Get over it
  13. Monument Valley 2
  14. Alto's Odyssey
  15. True Skate
  16. The room: Old Sins
  17. Terraria
  18. Exploding Kittens®
  19. Five nights at Freddie's
  20. The Escapists: Jail 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 by 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. Coloring: Coloring Games
  20. Google

Top Paid iPad Apps – Chart

  1. Try
  2. Notability
  3. GoodNotes 4
  4. Toka live: pets
  5. Show Detection
  6. Toka Life: After School
  7. XtraMath
  8. Toca Hair Salon 3
  9. MyScript Nebo
  10. Toca Kitchen 2
  11. PDF Expert by Readdle
  12. Toka Life: Hospital
  13. Affinity Photo
  14. Toka life: office
  15. GoodReader
  16. Toca Lab: Elements
  17. Notes Plus
  18. Human Anatomy Atlas 2019
  19. Toka live: City
  20. AnyFont

Top Free iPad Games – Chart

  1. Fortnight
  2. Roblox
  3. Kick the Buddy
  4. Love balls
  5. Helix Jump
  6. Color By Number Coloring Game!
  7. Bowmasters – Multiplayer game
  9. Arise
  10. Rules of survival
  11. Subway Surfers
  12. Rolling Sky
  14. Toon Blast
  15. Snake vs Block
  16. Granny
  17. Piano Tiles 2 ™
  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. Head up!
  6. Bloons TD6
  7. Goat Simulator
  8. Five nights at Freddie's
  9. LEGO® Jurassic World ™
  10. Terraria
  11. The Escapists: Jail Escape
  12. Bloons TD 5 HD
  13. Monument Valley 2
  14. Plague Inc.
  15. Five nights in Freddie's: sister place
  16. Goat simulator payday
  17. Five nights at Freddie's 2nd
  18. Teeny Titans – Teen Titans Go!
  19. Teen Titans Go! Figure
  20. Scribblenauts Unlimited

Apple also rounded its best stories

In addition to the best content across categories, Apple this year also highlighted the most-read stories of the "Today" section on the App Store.

The revised and more editor-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 market and search engine for apps, but also a place to read the developers who make apps, their businesses, and learn other tips and tricks.

According to Apple, the top ten most read stories including some popular games, and a guide to parents on Snapchat, among others.

The full list included:

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

Music, books and more

The company also unveiled its editorial and most-downloaded lists for podcasts, audiobooks, books, TV shows and music.

Some highlights of the selections include artists of the year: Drake; Breakout Artists of the Year: Juice WRLD; Song of the Year: I like it – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & Y Balwin; Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves; Most Downloaded Podcast: The Daily; Best Book of the Year: American Wedding; And audiobook of the year: American wedding.

Apple is not the only one with a year-end "best of" list out now. Google Play also announced its own "Best of 2018" Winners this week. Its list included the best app, Drops: Learn 31 new languages, and best game, PubG Mobile. It introduced a "Fan Favorites" category also, where users got to agree on their own favorite apps and games. The winners including PUB again, but for the best app they chose YouTube TV.

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