Apple has revealed the apps and games that it says drove app culture in 2019 – from its personal favourites to the most downloaded apps across the world.
Apple’s favourite iPhone app of the year is Spectre Camera thanks to the artificial intelligence (AI) embedded in the app to let people take amazing long-exposure pictures. For the iPad, the tech company chose Flow by Moleskin – a digital notebook app that allows you to draw and sketch just as you would on paper.
The Mac app, Affinity Publisher, was also name-checked thanks to its “elegant user experience and remarkably reasonable price point.”
The biggest app trend of 2019 over on the iPhone App Store was all about storytelling. Apple said app including podcast app Anchor, the Instagram Story editing app Unfold and the user-generated story platform Wattpad, all helped people to express themselves “in an easier way than ever before”.
Whilst these were the apps Apple favourites, the most downloaded lists point to the favourite apps of Apple customers.
In the top free apps list, you won’t be surprised to see that social media drove the main downloads. YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok and Facebook Messenger took the top five free slots on iOS. The main Facebook app has slipped down to number eight, whilst Amazon was the only e-commerce app in the tenth slot.
For the top paid apps, the selfie editor app Facetune was number one. Scheduling app HotSchedules came next along with weather app Dark Sky and personalised baby app Wonder Weeks.
When it came to gaming, Apple chose Sky: Children of Light as its top iPhone game. The quest game sees players fly across landscapes to help celestial beings find their way back to the heavens. The classic 16-bit adventure game Hyper Light Drifter was the iPad game of the year, whilst puzzle game Gris took the crown for best Mac game. Gris was nominated for three awards at this year’s gaming Baftas, in the categories of artistic achievement, debut game, and for music.
Mario Kart Tour was the most-downloaded game of the year – impressive considering the game didn’t come out until September and was hit with server issues in the first few days following the large numbers of people attempting to download the game.
Fortnite has slipped all the way down to eight place but the game still brings in at least 250 million monthly players as of March 2019. The revamp of the game with Chapter 2 in October has probably helped to boost that figure since.
Top Apple apps for 2019
Apple's chosen favourite apps for 2019
iPhone app: Spectre Camera
iPhone game: Sky: Children of the Light
iPad app: Flow by Moleskin
iPad game: Hyper Light Drifter
Mac app: Affinity Publisher
Mac game: Gris
Top free apps for 2019
Top paid apps for 2019
Dark Sky Weather
The Wonder Weeks
AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
Top free games for 2019
Mario Kart Tour
Colour Bump 3D
Call of Duty: Mobile
Top paid games for 2019
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