Drake, Moana Top Apple Charts in 2017

Apple announces App of the Year, Game of the Year and Best of 2017 top charts

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

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.

Cupertino on Thursday unveiled the most popular apps, music, movies, TV Shows, books, and podcasts of 2017 across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and Apple Podcasts.

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Apple also highlighted four breakout trends in app culture for 2017: the wider introduction of augmented reality in apps and games, the rise of real-time competitive gaming on mobile devices, apps focused on mental health awareness and bettering, and apps transforming storytelling and reading.

Snapchat's 2016 crown was snatched from them, but only just, by the popular Bitmooji app, which is owned by Snap. Super Mario Run and Facetune were the most downloaded free and paid apps on the App Store in 2017.

Apple also has new editorial this time around; "trends of the year". Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, meanwhile, ranked as this year's top song. But it's not all about the movies; throughout the year, iTunes has pushed for more 4K HDR content on its service, and most of the top films in the list are now available in stunning 4K HDR, as well as holiday hits like Harry Potter, Home Alone, Office Christmas Party and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Taylor Swift's latest album, Reputation, has already reached the third spot on the 2017 United States top album charts despite having just launched on November 10. Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Big Bang Theory and Rick and Morty topped the iTunes TV charts this year. If you've been keeping up with the App Store regularly throughout 2017, numerous top apps and games should look familiar to you, but there are some surprises as well.

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