Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

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Apple has announced its Best of 2017 apps and games, this year utilizing the Today cards in the iOS 11 App Store to feature the winners.

As in previous years, the company's App Store editors have selected the best apps and games of the year for every software platform - iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The Witness is a puzzle game available at $9.99 for both the iPad and iPhone.

We're also seeing some more familiar faces in the top TV shows category, with Games of Thrones and The Walking Dead topping the list, followed closely by The Big Bang Theory and Rick & Morty.

Similarly to previous annual charts, Apple has revealed top charts for the most popular apps and games of the year too. Apple says its app of the year for iPhone is Calm, a meditation and sleep app, and Splitter Critters is 2017's iPhone game of the year. Super Mario Run was the most popular free game of 2017, while Heads Up and Minecraft were recognized as the most popular paid ones.

Snap may have had a rough year, but you wouldn't know it from the App Store charts. The app has a plethora of tools that provide a ground for layer-based video editing right on the iPhone.

Snapchat's 2016 crown was snatched from them, but only just, by the popular Bitmooji app, which is owned by Snap.

Fresh Air continues to dominate the iTunes' podcast chart, but 2017 has also seen a rise in daily news podcasts, with podcasts like The New York Times's The Daily and Up First from NPR jumping into the most downloaded list. Apple adds that in the US, Drake leads the Album of the year on Apple Music with "More Life".

The top movie of the year was "Moana", followed by "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and "Wonder Woman". Despite only releasing November 10, Taylor Swift's new album Reputation has already shot up to third place, hinting TSwift's new album has even more success to come.

You can check out the full list of Apple's top apps and more over at iTunes.

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