Apple Announces Best Apps of 2018

December 20, 2018 •

Best Apps

In December, Apple compiles a list of what they believe to be the Best Apps of The Year. The categories highlight multiple genres across multiple devices. From games to productivity, there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a great set of new apps to consider, the Best Apps of 2018 list is a great place to start. These are the best mobile apps of the year.

Best Mobile Apps of 2018

According to Apple, battle royale-style games dominated the mobile gaming culture around the world. Games including Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds “PUBG,” Clash Royale, and Hearthstone were among Apple’s top listed battle apps. When people decide to stop playing violent gaming apps, on the other side of the aisle, self care and meditation apps were very popular.

The App Trend of the Year was the entire genre of “Self-Care” app technology. Apple listed Fabulous, Shine, Calm, and 10% Happier apps as the four category leaders.

iPhone App of the Year

Procreate Pocket is the iPhone App of the Year. According to Savage Interactive, Procreate Pocket is “the most powerful sketching, painting and illustration app ever designed for iPhone. With the power of this complete artist’s toolbox in the palm of your hand, you can create beautiful sketches… anywhere.” The app also received an Editors’ Choice award and is compatible on iPad and iPod touch. The app even provides canvas sizes up to 8K resolution, 135 brushes, P3 Wide color support, and can export to any file systems like Dropbox, iCloud Drive, Drive, etc.

iPhone Game of the Year

Donut County is a “story-based physics puzzle game where you play as an ever-growing hole in the ground. Meet cute characters, steal their trash, and throw them in a hole.” This wacky cartoon puzzler takes place in Donut County, where raccoons have taken over. Move things in and out of the mysterious hole and combine objects to solve puzzles. Donut County was also a previous Editors’ Choice award winner.

iPad App of the Year

Froggipedia is “an engaging, interactive, powerful constructive learning Apple AR, which helps explore and discover the unique life cycle and intricate anatomical details of a frog.” A previous Editors’ Choice award winner, the frog based digital encyclopedia utilizes Augmented Reality technology to provide a deep experience of frog anatomy, including organ systems and internal structures. The Apple Pencil can be used to further dissect the subject, revealing an education and clean(!) way to learn about amphibians.

iPad Game of the Year

Gorogoa, an Editors’ Choice award winner, is a hand-drawn story designed into a puzzle. Using illustrated comic-book-style panels, you arrange and combine the store to solve different challenges. The game is simplistic in execution, but complex in completion. Build a story, solve a puzzle. Enjoy the impressive visual adventure.

Best Non-Mobile Apps of the Year 

Mac App of the Year

Pixelmator Pro offers “a wide range of professional-grade, nondestructive image editing tools, [which] lets you bring out the best in your photos, create gorgeous compositions and designs, draw, paint, apply stunning effects, design beautify text, and edit images in just about any way you can imagine.” This year an all new interface was launched, providing a modern single-window interface specifically for macOS. Using Core Machine Learning powered tooling, the app can automatically enhance and improve photos. Support for RAW files is included. At a flat rate of $40, it is an incredible tool at an incredibly lower price than Adobe Photoshop services.

Mac Game of the Year

The Gardens Between, a single-player adventure-puzzle game, tells a story about time, memory, and friendship. A previous Editors’ Choice award winner, follow two best friends through island gardens littered with objects from their childhood. Solve puzzles by manipulating time, to reach the culmination of each island garden. The game offers 2-4 hours of gameplay, through more than 20 island adventures.

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