Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

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'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. Super Mario Run was the most popular free game of 2017, while Heads Up and Minecraft were recognized as the most popular paid ones. This features the most interesting and important apps, games and trends in app culture. Due to the localized nature of the App Store, winners may be different in other countries and regions.

This year's most popular app in India, however, is topped by WhatsApp, followed by YouTube, Facebook, PayTm, and Facebook Messenger. First of all, the introduction of AR (augmented reality) apps and games picked up pace this year, second they point out is the rise of real-time competitive gaming, third is the growing popularity of lifestyle apps (like Zomato or Big Basket), and finally increase in popularity of apps enabling photo and video editing.

"We want to partner with innovation incubators to support local developers and bring their content onto our platform, this is part of our long term strategy to build up our localised content inventory", said Li.

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Apple also has new editorial this time around; "trends of the year". Among dozens of picks, Apple listed Ed Sheeran's Shape of You and Drake's More Life as the Top Song and Top Album of 2017, respectively; Moana was the Top Movie of 2017, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman. Apple said Taylor Swift's new album Reputation has already reached No. 3 on the 2017 U.S. top album chart, an impressive feat considering it was just released on November 10. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead were the top TV shows of the year while NPR's Fresh Air was the most downloaded podcast.

You can see all the top charts and recommendations in the App Store and iTunes Store now.

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