Apple just named its favorite apps and games of the year

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The top 4 trends of the year according to Apple were AR, multiplayer games, mental and reading apps.

After vehemently denying it would phase out iTunes music downloads in May 2016, Apple has reportedly scheduled a complete axing of downloads for early 2019.

As we take another step closer to the end of 2017, companies all around are now sharing the best we saw this year.

Apple announced its apps of the year on Thursday.

The first official Mario game from Nintendo to come to the iPhone and iPad topped the free download charts on both the smartphone and tablet.

"2017 seemed like the year this expansion of convenience peaked". Affinity Photo was chosen as the best iPad app, Aurora HDR 2018 is the best Mac app and ChefsFeed is the #1 Apple TV app.

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. In 2015 it was Periscope, the Twitter-owned app that helped pioneer live mobile streaming, before Facebook got in and popularized it as Facebook Live.

Apple's iPhone game of the year is Splitter Critters, a creative and cute puzzler in which players navigate the game's two-dimensional world by ripping it apart and pasting it back together. Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, meanwhile, ranked as this year's top song.

For paid games, Ellen DeGeneres' Heads Up! was the most popular for the third year in a row. This includes different categories such as casual games, general apps, augmented reality and more.

Taylor Swift's album "reputation" has already shot up to number three on the 2017 US top album charts, despite having only been available for a short period of time.

In the movie category, Moana led the way followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Wonder Woman.

Talking about apps, the App Store editors have identified four breakout trends in app culture for 2017.

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