Drake, Moana Top Apple Charts in 2017

Drake, Moana Top Apple Charts in 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 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. While game and app picks can also be viewed on the respective Games and Apps front pages, it's in the Today tab that Apple was able to put higher emphasis on each victor and tell the story behind it.

Apple's iPhone game of the year is Splitter Critters, a creative and cute puzzler in which players navigate the game's two dimensional world by ripping it apart and pasting it back together.

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

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Company employees determine Apple's apps of the year.

On Apple Music, Drake nabs album of the year with More Life, while Ed Sheeran's Shape of You gets the honors for top song. Super Mario Run was the most popular free game of 2017, while Heads Up and Minecraft were recognized as the most popular paid ones. The Witness was also selected as Game of the Year on the Mac App Store, where Aurora HDR 2018 won in the app category.

Huawei has been working with partners in Africa to offer local content, locally developed APPS, including games to bring added value to its customers in Africa. Despite Reputation being dropped on November 10, 2017, Taylor Swift's latest studio album launched itself to the number three slot in Apple's most downloaded album of 2017.

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. HBO's Game of Thrones was the most downloaded show on iTunes this year.

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