Apple announces the best iOS apps and games of 2017

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With a press release and special sections featured on its digital storefronts this morning, Apple revealed the most popular apps, games, and media releases of 2017.

For iPad, Apple has chosen Affinity Photo, the desktop-class photo editor, and the game The Witness.

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Talking about the top apps, Apple has named Calm, a meditation and sleep app, as the app of the year for the iPhone. The passing year saw a rise in real-time competitive gaming, apps focused on mental health and mindfulness, and apps transforming storytelling and reading.

Meanwhile, Super Mario Run was the top free iPhone game of 2017, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies!, Subway Surfers, Episode ft. As we previously noted, Bitmoji has seen explosive growth over the a year ago and a half as it's steadily integrated the app's customizable emoji into Snapchat. The Bitmoji app, which is used to design avatars, was not even in the top ten previous year.

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

It's also hardly shocking to see crowd pleasers and essentials like Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Google Maps or Netflix among the iOS App Store's most popular 2017 apps. The app store will be pre-installed on Huawei devices and will include a variety of content.

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On Apple Music, Drake nabs album of the year with More Life, while Ed Sheeran's Shape of You gets the honors for top song. Other albums in the list are Kendrick Lamar's DAMN, Taylor Swift's Reputation, Ed Sheeran's Divide, and Starboy from The Weeknd. Top movies for the year included names like Wonder Woman, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, Moana, Sing and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. "Hillbilly Elegy" topped the nonfiction charts, leading a wave of titles on current events and politics.

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