Apple Uncovers the Best of 2018 Apps, Games, Music, Podcasts, and More of the Year


Apple has revealed the Best of 2018 lists for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac apps, games, books, music, podcasts, TV and movies. This list is rolled out year after year by the company, and it contains the top content across the Apple App Store and iTunes, apart from the leading charts of the top downloads for games and applications of the year.

Similar to what it does every year, the company picked the “best” application and game for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV. Apart from this, the company also brought together many popular Apple Watch applications. However, it did not crown the champion.

The app to win the best app of the year award for iPhone was the Procreate Pocket app. The Procreate Pocket app, designed for professional creators, is amongst the top-rated sketching, drawing, and illustration apps for iOS. On the other hand, the app to claim the app of the year award for iPad was Froggipedia. This augmented reality application allows users to direct a frog digitally, without having to do it in real life.

Coming to Mac, the app to win the best app of the year title was Pixelmator Pro. This amazingly powerful, good-looking, and intuitive image editing app has been created especially for Mac. It is used by several professionals across the world to edit and enhance pictures along with creating new ones.

Sweat app bagged the top app of the year award for Apple TV. This app contains work out programs including some from Keyla Itsines.

The titles to bag the best game of the year are Donut County for iPhone, Gotogoa for iPad, The Gardens Between for Mac, and Alto’s Odyssey for Apple TV.

While Apple didn’t select any best app amongst the top apps list for Watch, but it excluded a small cluster of the top apps and tagged it as favourites.

An abbreviated list of the winners can be found below. The full list, which includes podcasts, videos and books, is available here.

Best Apps of 2018 – Editorial selections 

iPhone App of the year – Procreate Pocket
iPhone Game of the year – Donut County
iPad App of the year – Froggipedia
iPad Game of the year – Gorogoa
Mac App of the year – Pixelmator Pro
Mac Game of the year – The Gardens Between
Apple TV App of the year – Sweat
Apple TV Game of the year – Alto’s Odyssey

Favorite Watch Apps of the year – Editorial selections

10% Happier
Carrot Weather
FunGolf GPS
Swing Tennis Tracker
App in the Air
Just Press Record

Top Free iPhone Apps – Chart

  1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  2. Instagram
  3. Snapchat
  4. Messenger
  5. Facebook
  6. Bitmoji
  7. Netflix
  8. Google Maps – Transit & Food
  9. Gmail – Email by Google
  10. Spotify Music

Top Paid iPhone Apps – Chart

  1. Facetune
  2. kirakira+
  3. Dark Sky Weather
  4. HotSchedules
  5. PlantSnap Plant Identification
  6. AutoSleep Tracker for Watch
  7. Sky Guide
  8. 1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
  9. The Wonder Weeks
  10. Afterlight 2

Top Free iPhone Games – Chart

  1. Fortnite
  2. Helix Jump
  3. Rise Up
  6. Love Balls
  7. Snake VS Block
  8. Rules of Survival
  10. Dune!

Top Paid iPhone Games – Chart 

  1. Heads Up!
  2. Minecraft
  3. Plague Inc.
  4. Bloons TD 6
  5. Pocket Build
  6. Bloons TD 5
  7. Geometry Dash
  8. The Game of Life
  9. Papa’s Freezeria To Go!
  10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Top Free iPad Apps – Chart

  1. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
  2. Netflix
  3. Messenger
  4. Facebook
  5. Amazon Prime Video
  6. Google Chrome
  7. Gmail – Email by Google
  8. YouTube Kids
  9. The Calculator
  10. Amazon – Shopping made easy

Top Paid iPad Apps – Chart

  1. Procreate
  2. Notability
  3. GoodNotes 4
  4. Toca Life: Pets
  5. Duet Display
  6. Toca Life: After School
  7. XtraMath
  8. Toca Hair Salon 3
  9. MyScript Nebo
  10. Toca Kitchen 2

Top Free iPad Games – Chart

  1. Fortnite
  3. Kick the Buddy
  4. Love Balls
  5. Helix Jump
  6. Color by Number Coloring Game!
  7. Bowmasters – Multiplayer Game
  9. Rise Up
  10. Rules of Survival

Top Paid iPad Games – Chart 

  1. Minecraft
  2. Geometry Dash
  3. The Game of Life
  4. The Room: Old Sins
  5. Heads Up!
  6. Bloons TD 6
  7. Goat Simulator
  8. Five Nights at Freddy’s
  9. LEGO® Jurassic World™
  10. Terraria


Best Music of 2018 – Editorial selections

Artist of the year: Drake
Breakout Artist of the Year: Juice WRLD
Song of the Year: I Like It – Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin
Album of the Year: Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

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