Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

'Tis the season to celebrate the year's top performers on Apple's iOS App Store and iTunes after already seeing Google hand out its awards for best 2017 Android apps and games, as well as the most popular Play Music, Books, Movies and TV titles.

The first official Mario game from Nintendo to come to the iPhone and iPad topped the free download charts on both the smartphone and tablet.

On Apple Music, Drake tops album of the year with "More Life", while Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" gets top song honours.

The picks include two puzzle games and a meditation app.

The company's iPad app of the year is Affinity Photo, a professional-level photo editing suite that can handle uncompressed RAW files and allows you to create an unlimited number of layers. See the full charts in the App Store.

Finally, iTunes U saw a bumper year, with computer science courses being amongst the most popular, with the top three apps focusing on learning to code and developing apps - certainly a handy thing for iTunes to teach users.

Top iOS apps of 2017
Top iOS apps of 2017

The free iPhone apps top 10 reads like a checklist of obvious downloads, with Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Messenger all featuring, along with Bitmoji - highlighting just how popular emoji-based conversation has become.

iOS apps are not only limited to the iPhone as Apple also took the time to list the best selling apps on their iPad tablet.

Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017.

Moana was the top movie of the year, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman, Apple said. Apple said Taylor Swift's new album Reputation has already reached No. 3 on the 2017 United States top album chart, an impressive feat considering it was just released on November 10.

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

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