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. Apple is celebrating the most popular apps, music and movies across the App Store, Apple Music and iTunes. In Canada, Affinity Photo has won the title of the iPad app of the year, whereas Old Man's Journey has surfaced as the iPad game of the year.
The Splitter Critters game - developed by Vancouver-based RAC7 Games - offers users the ability to split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship.
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 past year and a half as it's steadily integrated the app's customizable emoji into Snapchat.
To begin with, on Apple Music, Drake topped album of the year with More Life, while Ed Sheeran's Shape of You got top song honors. The most downloaded apps include Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Messenger, Instagram and Facebook.
Apple also has new editorial this time around; "trends of the year". Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to #3 on the 2017 United States top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time.
Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017.
There's some predictable overlap between the two tech titans' lists of 2017 top sellers, as Game of Thrones, for instance, dominates both Apple and Google's latest yearly TV show charts.
Apple also listed the top movies in the Apple Store, with Disney's Moana ranks first followed by Wonder Woman, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the third spot.
You can check out the full list of Apple's top apps and more over at iTunes.