That’s according to Apple’s annual roundup of this year’s chart-topping apps, games, music, TV shows, films, books and podcasts across its iTunes, App and Books stores.
The popular sketching app Procreate Pocket was named ‘App of the Year,’ while Canadian R&B artist Drake was crowned artist of the year.
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iPhone and iPad owners were addicted to Fortnite and Drake this year. Apple revealed on its top apps of 2018 list that Fortnite was the most-downloaded game for the iPhone and the iPad
Meanwhile, the top iPad app of the year was ‘Froggipedia,’ which uses augmented reality to let users virtually dissect a 3D frog.
To use it, students grab their Apple Pencil stylus and peel back the skin of a virtual frog.
On Mac, the top app was photo editor Pixelmator Pro and the top app on Apple TV was fitness trainer Sweat.
Apple also unveiled the most-downloaded apps on the App Store for iPhones and iPads.
The top free iPhone app was YouTube, followed by Instagram and Snapchat, while the top free iPad app was also YouTube.
The top iPad app of the year was ‘Froggipedia,’ which uses augmented reality to let users virtually dissect a 3D frog. Students use a stylus to peel back the skin of a virtual frog
|Top Free Apps||Top Paid Apps|
8. Google Maps
3. Dark Sky Weather
6. Sky Guide
7. 1 Second Everyday
8. The Wonder Weeks
9. Afterlight 2
10. My Talking Pet Pro
Apple’s editors selected popular sketching app ‘Procreate Pocket’ as the iPhone App of the Year. The top iPad app of the year was Froggipedia, which lets users dissect a virtual frog
Apple said the top paid iPhone app was photo editing application Facetune and the top paid iPad app was illustrator application Procreate.
For games, Apple’s editors chose Donut County as the iPhone game of the year, where users play as an ever-growing hole in the ground that swallows objects around it.
The tech giant’s editors chose puzzle game Gorogoa as the iPad game of the year, while fantasy adventure game The Gardens Between took the tile of Mac game of the year and running game Alto’s Odyssey was named Apple TV game of the year.
But the most-downloaded game on the App Store by far was the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite, which took the no. 1 spot for both the iPhone and iPad categories.
The move isn’t surprising given Fortnite’s meteoric rise over the past year, having amassed more than 200 million users since June alone.
For games, Apple’s editors chose Donut County as the iPhone game of the year, where users play as an ever-growing hole in the ground that swallows objects around it
On Apple Music, Drake’s chart-topping hits, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Nice For What’, also snagged the top two spots on Apple’s list of the 100 most popular songs around the world
Apple also highlighted ‘self-care app’s as the top App Trend of the Year, citing the rise of health and fitness applications like Shine, Calm and Fabulous.
On Apple Music, Drake’s chart-topping hits, ‘God’s Plan’ and ‘Nice For What’, also snagged the top two spots on Apple’s list of the 100 most popular songs around the world.
Those titles narrowly beat ‘One Kiss,’ the pop hit by Dua Lipa and Calvin Harris.
Apple’s editors named country music singer Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour the top album of the year, while Drake’s album Scorpio was the most downloaded album globally on Apple Music.
Apple named Crazy Rich Asians (pictured) as one of its top movies of 2018, alongside Black Panther and A Star Is Born. The Americans, Atlanta and others made its top list of TV shows
|1. The Americans
4. The Expanse
5. The Good Fight
6. The Good Place
7. The Handmaid’s Tale
8. Killing Eve
9. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
2. Black Panther
3. Crazy Rich Asians
4. Eighth Grade
5. Green Book
7. Incredibles 2
8. Minding the Gap
9. A Star Is Born
10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor
The firm’s editors also named ‘I Like It’ by Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J. Balvin as the song of the year, while naming Juice WRLD the breakout artist of the year.
Apple’s list also named the chart-toppers for podcasts and books.
For podcasts, Apple said investigative reporting shows were on the rise, making NPR’s ‘This American Life,’ the New York Times’ ‘The Daily’ and Slate’s ‘Slow Burn’ some of the top podcasts of 2018.
Among books, Apple’s editors named fiction novel ‘American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones the book of the year, while ‘The Library Book’ by Susan Orlean was named the best non-fiction book of the year.
WHAT IS FORTNITE?
Fortnite is a game that originally launched as a disk back in July 2017 and was then turned into a free-to-download game by its developer, Epic Games, in September.
There are three forms of the game: ‘Battle Royale’, ‘Save The World’ and ‘Playground’.
Save the world is the original form of the game and is currently not available to play as part of the free-to-download game, instead it comes as part of a £30 ($ 40) extra.
It is a co-op mode with a story that’s playable solo or online with friends.
Fortnite is a battle royale-style survival shooter where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island
Users compete in teams of up to three to complete a variety of missions.
It is rumoured that the game will be added to the free-to-play version of the game in the future.
Whilst Save The World may be the original version of the game, its sister mode is by far the most popular.
Battle Royale is a game of survival where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island.
Each game, or ‘match’ as each competition is known, starts with 100 players.
The aim of the game is to be the last one standing. Users can form allegiances and play in small groups.
To enable this and the interactive experience, the game allows completely open communication between players.
Inspired by the Hunger Games novels and films, gamers search for weapons to help them survive.
Armed with quirky weapons and amusing dances, the game has swept across the gaming world, with children flocking to it.
While there is no exact figure on how many children play Fortnite, the game has so far pulled in an audience of over 125 million players.
Playground is the latest addition to the game and is a consequence free mode with more loot and unlimited respawning to allow players to get creative.
It involved groups of up to four people working as a team and the players can hone their skills as the practise in advance of entering Battle Royale where they will face better players.