Apple announced today its best of 2018 elections – the annual editorial list of what it considers to be the…
Apple announced today its best of 2018 elections – the annual editorial list of what it considers to be the best content in the App Store and iTunes, along with the best maps of the most downloaded apps and games during the year. As in other years, Apple chose a “best” app and game for every platform, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Mac. It has also rounded off several favorite Apple Watch apps, but did not award a winner.
The best iPhone820 app for iPhone was the iPhone version of the popular Procreate drawing app for iPad, Procreate Pocket.
Meanwhile, the best iPad app Froggipedia, an AR app that lets you almost dissect a frog so you do not actually need to dissect a frog.
Both programs present technology that Apple aims to promote. In the Procreate Pocket case, the iPhone companion is on an Apple Pencil-powered app on iPad. On the iPhone, it instead uses 3D Touch support to paint with your finger. Froggipedia turns an Apple Pencil into scalpel to dissect a virtual frog.
On Mac, the best app image editor Pixelmator Pro and the top Apple TV app were the big screened version of Sweat training program, whose creator Kayla Theines also appeared on WWDC this year to lead a special session.
The best 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.
Showcase their pretty secondary status, Apple Watch programs did not get a “best” app and game choice, but a small group got a shoutout from Apple as “favorites”.
This includes: WaterMinder, Lifesum, 10% Lucky, Carrot Weather, FunGolf GPS, Swing Tennis Tracker, Slopes, App in the Air, Mulet and Just Press Record.
While the “Best of” selection chose editorially, Apple also presented its annual “Top Charts” finish on iPhone and iPad, which was separated by both apps and games (free and paid).
This is the most downloaded app from 2018. The lists still show Facebook, YouTube, Google and other entertainment apps
Top Paid iPhone Apps – Chart
Top Free iPhone Games – Diagram
Top Paid iPhone Games – Chart
Top iPad Apps – Chart
Top Paid iPad Apps – Chart
Top Free iPad Games – Diagram
Top Paid iPad Games – Chart
In addition to the best content of categories, Apple featured this year the most-read stories from the “Today” section of the App Store. 19659002] The newly created and more editorially run App Store was launched a year ago in September 2017, making this year the first full year.
The store is now not just a marketplace and search engine for apps, but also a place to read about developers who create apps, their businesses, and learn other tips and tricks.
According to Apple, the top ten read stories featured on popular games and a guide to parents on Snapchat among
The complete list was included:
Apple also chose a few editorial favorites, including:
The company also presented its editorial and most downloaded lists for podcasts, audio books, books, television shows and music.
A few highlights of these choices were the Year of the Year Artist: Drake; Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD; This year’s song: I like it – Cardi B with Bad Bunny & J. Balvin; This year’s album: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves; Most downloaded podcasts: The Daily; Best Book of the Year: American Marriage; and Audiobook of the Year: American Marriage.
Apple is not the only one that has a “Best of” list by the end of the year. Google Play also featured this week its own “Best of 2018” winners. Its list included the best app, Drops: Learn 31 new languages and best games, PUBG Mobile. It also introduced the “fan favorites” category where users were allowed to vote for their own favorite apps and games. The winners included PUBG again, but for the best app they chose YouTube TV.