Apple's Best of the App Store in 2017: Calm, Splitter Critters, Affinity Photo and The Witness

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today published its annual Best of 2017 charts for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store, highlighting the top media content and trends across 2017.

    Apple's App Store editors chose two standout games and two standout apps for the iPhone and the iPad as their best of 2017 picks. On the iPhone, meditation app Calm and popular game Splitter Critters won top honors, while photo editing app Affinity Photo and puzzle game The Witness took the top spots on iPad.


    - iPhone App of the Year: Calm
    - iPhone Game of the Year: Splitter Critters
    - iPad App of the Year: Affinity Photo
    - iPad Game of the Year: The Witness

    Apple shared apps that are part of the top Trends of the Year, which included augmented reality apps like IKEA Place and Very Hungry Caterpillar, meditation-style apps like Calm and Joyable, multiplayer games like Art of War: Red Tides and The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and modern storytelling apps like Hooked and Serial Box Publishing.

    Apple has also published the top apps for 2017 across multiple App Store charts. Top free iPhone apps included Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram, while top paid iPhone apps included Facetune, HotSchedules, Tabs & Chords, Enlight, and the 7 Minute Workout Challenge.

    On iPhone, the top games included Super Mario Run, 8 Ball Pool, Ballz, Snake vs. Block, and Word Cookies. Top paid iPhone games included Heads Up!, Minecraft, Plague Inc., Bloons TD 5, and Monopoly.

    YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Chrome were the top free iPad apps, while Procreate, Notability, Toca Life: Hospital, Toca Life: Salon 3, and GoodNotes 4 were the top paid iPad apps.

    Super Mario Run, ROBLOX, Rolling Sky, Word Cookies, and Bowmasters were the top free iPad games, and Minecraft, Geometry Dash, Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location, Bloons TD 5 HD, and the Escapists were the top paid iPad games.

    The full list of top iPad and iPhone apps and games, along with additional details on the top App Store content in 2017, is available through the App Store on an iOS device.

    Article Link: Apple's Best of the App Store in 2017: Calm, Splitter Critters, Affinity Photo and The Witness
  2. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    An app that plays "soothing nature sounds" is considered the best iPhone app of 2017? :eek:
  3. sequential macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2015
    hmm in my App Store the app of the year is "Enlight Videoleap". "Calm" can't even be found in "Trends of the year"... Maybe this **** is regional.
  4. ersan191, Dec 7, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017

    ersan191 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2013
    Super weird aoty goes to something that isn't on any of the charts, is based on pseudoscience, and pretty much just plays recordings of some lady reading from a script. And I've never even heard of it until today.

    Edit: Wow it even costs $12.99 per month - and the domain couldn't have been cheap. Do developers just buy these awards or something?

    Maybe they do deserve an award for convincing people to pay more for a meditation app than an Apple Music subscription.
  5. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Affinity Photo deserves it too. It's ridiculously well thought out and finally made me rethink my Adobe subscription.
  6. naturalstar, Dec 7, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2017

    naturalstar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2012
    Interesting. I’ve had Calm for a few weeks. I find it to be a useful meditation app, especially being able to control how much guided meditation you need. No complaints so far. I obviously can’t compare against thousands of apps in the App Store, but I do like that something focused on a person’s well-being was chosen. I’ve only recently heard about The Witness, will have to check it out. So many apps, so little time.

    Just looked at Affinity Photo. Added to list. It’s half off right now as well.
  7. berrymetal macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2017
    Affinity photo is such a great app, but for someone Using photoshop for
    More than 13 years, I couldn’t get used to it. People like me have no rooms for new workflows
  8. Sevendaymelee macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2016
    Still waiting for the Free App of The Week to return.
  9. yanbellium macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2015
    Calm is one of the most used applications on my iPhone! I've been using this app for almost two years now.
  10. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    I keep meaning to buy 'The Witness' but i cannot decide which platform to buy it on. iOS, MacOS or PS4.......
  11. smartbot macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2009
  12. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    Agreed. It took me a while to get used to the interface, since it's a complete re-thinking of the desktop version. But once I got the hang of it, I found it really powerful.
  13. dfstock macrumors member


    Feb 28, 2010
    I wish I would of known about Calm a lot earlier.
  14. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    That was my reaction, too. It’s all I can do to do the “breathe” function that nags me from my Apple Watch, and at most I can stand to do that only once or twice a month.

    I’m laid back in how I treat people but otherwise I’m just too hyper and attempting to calm myself feels weird and stressful. I’m just not the right person for this app.

    However, I do have friends and family who swear by the benefits of meditation or breathing exercises, so I would imagine for the right personality, this app is a great convenience and a bargain if they have a hard time accommodating classes or groups that focus on this sort of thing.

    I think it would be pretty cool to be able to meditate or actually enjoy mindful breathing but I just can’t. I’ve tried.
  15. Phil in ocala Suspended

    Phil in ocala

    Jul 14, 2016
    You learn the first week of the first month of Journalism 101....that your writing MUST include clearly: Who, What, When Where and Why........................all missing from mention of what they do...if there is a price etc.
  16. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Lol! I do honestly forget it’s there now. I wasn’t expecting that to happen.
  17. Mike MA macrumors 68000

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
    Did you ever use one of them more than once? I just try to recap myself....
  18. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Really liking Affinity photo/designer. Adobe recently revoked my CS6 license and I can't go to creative cloud because i can't pay every month for the rest of my life. Its a great alternative, just waiting for Affinity Designer to come out then I can totally jump ship.
  19. Nabby macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Honestly, I'd like my money back for The Witness. I've played it for quite a bit and keep expecting for the next puzzle to be different, but it is just ever increasing difficulty variations of the same premise.

    I suppose I should have done more diligence in researching before I plopped down the full price.

  20. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  21. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Pretty sure this is just an overview, not a comprehensive detailing. Everything you're asking for is in the included links.
  22. muddygun macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2016
    The Witness deserves this accolade and more! Woot!
  23. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    I only use the free version. I like the stories even though I don’t know how it ends
    --- Post Merged, Dec 7, 2017 ---
    Why did they revoke your license? I too hate these monthly subscriptions.
  24. scottcampbell macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2017
    Apple loves their cut of that subscription, too.
  25. Wash08 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2008
    Give it a chance, I was a Photoshop/illustrator for more than 20 years, I can't stand the subscription extortion from Adobe, I switch about 4 months a go never going back to them, also I was an FreeHand user before Adobe

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