Apple reveals 2017's best apps, games, movies, music and more

Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

Apple reveals the most popular iPhone apps of 2017

An ongoing dispute between Apple and the developer of an app platform for restaurants has spilled over into Washington following changes to the App Store, which critics argue will discriminate against small businesses.

'Tis the season to celebrate the year's top performers on Apple's iOS App Store and iTunes after already seeing Google hand out its awards for best 2017 Android apps and games, as well as the most popular Play Music, Books, Movies and TV titles.

Recode reported that the company increased its political lobbying effort earlier this year with a view to drawing political attention to what it argues are discriminatory measures.

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. "Big Basket is now delivering groceries and home supplies through a network of local retailers in 26 Indian cities", Apple said in a press statement. While game and app picks can also be viewed on the respective Games and Apps front pages, it's in the Today tab that Apple was able to put higher emphasis on each winner and tell the story behind it. Over on the iPad, photo editing suite Affinity Photo was picked as the app of the year and 3D puzzler The Witness came out on top in the game of the year category.

The dispute follows reports in August that 28 China-based developers had filed a complaint against Apple alleging that it breached the country's antitrust legislation. The most downloaded game was Super Mario Run. The Witness is a puzzle game available at $9.99 for both the iPad and iPhone. See the full charts in the App Store. Apple features augmented reality, online realtime mobile games, environmentally-minded apps for sustainable living, and apps to help with parenting.

Apple's editors also announced their picks for the best apps of the year.

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