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Here they are: Apple's pick of the year's best iOS apps

Here they are: Apple's pick of the year's best iOS apps

December 9, 2015

It’s been a long year, full of surprises from Apple, but some things never change. Case in point: Cupertino’s pick of the App Store’s greatest hits, which were published by Apple earlier today. Let’s take a look at the applications which made the final selection.

The best of the bunch

First up, the big one. Apple’s iOS app of the year, for 2015, went to Periscope. This app, which is developed by Twitter, allows iOS device owners to live stream video to their Twitter feeds, and is a powerful tool for sharing news or even just for offering glimpses into users’ lives. Somewhat controversially, Periscope wasn’t the first Twitter-powered live streaming app for iOS (Meerkat beat Periscope to the punch). But that hasn’t stopped Apple handing its App Store garland over to Twitter’s own application.

The best iOS game of the year, on the other hand, went to Lara Croft GO. We celebrated this application in our original review, giving it a near-perfect score of four and a half out of five. In terms of graphics, effects, and gameplay, Lara Croft GO really does tick all the boxes. Like Periscope, it’s a worthy winner.

The best of the rest

There were plenty of runners up, and we’ve included lists below of Apple’s top 25 apps and games. Workflow, however, was given a special mention by Cupertino: it ranked at No. 4 in Apple’s chart, but was also labelled the App Store’s “most innovative” application of 2015. We’ve been covering Workflow since it launched, and it’s an application many of us use each and every day to get work done. As such, I couldn’t imagine a more innovative iOS release for 2015.

Apple also highlighted the best applications for iPhone 6s. Instagram received the title of the “best app” for Apple’s pressure sensitive handset, while Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade was awarded the title of “best game.” The top grossing app was Clash of Clans, and Game of War – Fire Age came in at second place.

Here are Apple’s top iOS apps:

  1. Periscope
  2. Enlight
  3. Robinhood
  4. Workflow
  5. Instagram
  6. HBO NOW
  7. Hopper
  8. Darkroom
  9. Lark
  10. The Everything Machine
  11. Pacemaker
  12. Tandem
  13. Jet
  14. Timeline
  15. Vee for Video
  16. Fit Men Cook
  17. Spark
  18. RefME
  19. Wildcard
  20. Paper by FiftyThree
  22. PRY
  23. Reuters TV
  24. Zova
  25. Blue Apron

And here, on the other hand, are Apple’s top games:

  1. Lara Croft GO
  2. Fallout Shelter
  3. Mr Jump
  4. Dark Echo
  5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
  6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
  7. Vainglory
  8. Dungeon Boss
  9. Puzzle Craft 2
  10. PAC-MAN 256
  11. You Must Build A Boat
  12. AG Drive
  13. MARVEL Contest of Champions
  14. Horizon Chase – World Tour
  15. Shadowmatic
  16. Wonky Ship
  17. Super Sharp
  18. Last Voyage
  19. Ski Safari 2
  20. Downwell
  21. Rayman Adventures
  22. Afterpulse
  23. Psych! Outwit Your Friends
  24. HoPiKo
  25. Blades of Brim

The lists, however, aren’t based on sales figures. Instead, the App Store’s editorial team work carefully to make their selections based on a range of different factors. Head over to the App Store to check out the full breakdown for yourself.

Mentioned apps

Twitter, Inc.
Lara Croft GO
Lara Croft GO
Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple
Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple
DeskConnect, Inc.
Instagram, Inc.
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade
Pixel Toys
Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans
Game of War - Fire Age
Game of War - Fire Age
Machine Zone, Inc

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