Apple Names Its Favorite Apps & Games of 2017

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Following the company’s early release of the iOS 11.2, Apple recently unveiled its end of year list of the top U.S. apps and games for iPads and iPhones.

Chosen by Apple employees, the shortlist was published in conjunction with a list of the most-downloaded apps and games, taking into consideration breakout trends.

Calm was named Apple’s top iPhone app of the year. The free health and fitness app provides soundtracks and suggested routines for guided meditation, with much of its features available through in-app purchases or via subscription.

Apple’s iPhone game of 2017 is Splitter Critters. Priced at $3, this creative game requires users to pull apart and recreate a two-dimensional world by solving a series of puzzles to help little critters get back to their spaceship.

With colorful graphics and immersive soundscapes, the game includes an augmented reality mode and allows players to advances in levels without in-app purchases.

Moving from the iPhone, Apple chose Affinity Photo as its iPad app of the year.

This $20 professional photo editing suite has been described as ‘Adobe Photoshop for iPad.’ The app is able to process uncompressed RAW files and create an unlimited number of layers.

For its iPad game of the year, the company chose The Witness. This single-player $10 puzzle game is set on a deserted island in which users have to navigate their way home via the completion of nearly 500 puzzles.

Apple chose its top apps on a country-by-country basis. For the complete list of both U.S. and international apps, head over to Apple’s site.

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