Cupertino on Thursday unveiled the most popular apps, music, movies, TV Shows, books, and podcasts of 2017 across the App Store, Apple Music, iTunes, iBooks, and Apple Podcasts. While you're at it, we also have our lists of the best iPhone apps and the best iPhone games as well.
Similarly to previous annual charts, Apple has revealed top charts for the most popular apps and games of the year too.
Congrats to mindfulness and meditation app Calm and the $9.99 Affinity Photo from Serif Labs for taking home the coveted trophies, not to mention the little-known Splitter Critters and Thekla's The Witness for being named the 2017 iPhone and iPad Game of the Year respectively. In non-fiction, "Hillbilly Elegy" topped the charts.
The top free iPhone apps of the year included lots of usual suspects: Bitmoji, Snapchat, YouTube, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Facebook, Google Maps, Netflix, Spotify, and Uber. See the full charts in the App Store.
This year, Apple has also introduced a new year-end section for the "trends of the year". This features the most interesting and important apps, games and trends in app culture. This includes different categories such as casual games, general apps, augmented reality and more.
For Apple Music, the most popular album was Drake's More Life and Ed Sheeran snagged the most popular song with Shape of You. Taylor Swift's latest album, Reputation, has already reached the third spot on the 2017 USA top album charts despite having just launched on November 10.
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.
Computer science was a huge area of interest in 2017, with the top three courses on iTunes U focusing on learning to code and developing apps with Swift.