Apple has announced its Best of 2017 apps and games, this year utilizing the Today cards in the iOS 11 App Store to feature the winners. Apple says its app of the year for iPhone is Calm, a meditation and sleep app, and Splitter Critters is 2017’s iPhone game of the year. Apple says the title ‘radiates imagination and originality’.

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

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Rather interestingly, the game of the year choices for iPhone and iPad are not freemium titles. Affinity Photo is also a paid-up front app although Calm is free with an optional subscription.

Apple has also released the usual top charts listings for free and paid apps and games. The most downloaded apps include Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Messenger, Instagram and Facebook.

Super Mario Run tops the most downloaded games chart, followed by 8 Ball Pool, Snake VS Block, Ballz, Word Cookies and Subway Surfers. See the full charts in the App Store.

Apple also has new editorial this time around; ‘trends of the year’. This features the most interesting and important apps, games and trends in app culture. Apple features augmented reality, online head-to-head games, environmentally-minded apps for sustainable living, and apps to help with parenting.

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