It's December, which means Year Enders will now be an everyday affair. Soon after Google Play released its 'Best of 2016' lists, Apple has released its 'Best of 2016' charts for the App Store, iTunes Store, and iBooks Store. Each country has its own lists (except for the iBooks Store), and we've concentrated on the US and India lists.
Starting with India, on the top of the pedestal are Prisma - which won the iPhone app of the year - and Clash Royale - which won the iPhone game of the year.
For those unaware, Prisma is the art filter app launched in June (Review) that gained popularity in a very short time because of its impressive machine learning technology. Clash Royale was introduced by the Clash of Clans makers, and is a real-time multiplayer card duelling game. Both these apps have made it to the top of the list, while the famous mask app MSQRD and swipe game app Reigns take the runner-up spots in the app and game charts.
The others on the '10 Best Apps of the Year' list include Fitso Fitness and Running app, Folioscope, Hyper, Tinycards, Memrise, Meditation Studio, Quartz, and WiFire. The '10 Best Games of the Year' list includes Chameleon Run, FIFA Mobile Football, Plants vs Zombies, BLUK, Rodeo Stampede, PKTBALL, Rubek, and Steppy Pants apps. The Top Paid app in 2016 was the DSLR Camera app, while the top free app was WhatsApp Messenger. The app that made the most amount of money is Clash of the Clans. There's a separate section for iPad apps and games as well, with different picks.
In the Mac App Store (US), the best selected Mac apps and games list includes Spark, Polarr Photo Editor, Mini Metro, Doo, XCOM 2, Darkest Dungeon, Day One, Layers of Fear, and OmniGraffle 7. As for India, the Mac App Store (India), the best apps and games include Human Resource Machines, Complete Anatomy, Filters for Photos, Infinite Tanks, Evoland 2, and Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga.
The iTunes and iBooks Stores (US) have listed the best music, TV shows, movies, and books lists as well. The 'Best Movies of 2016' list for India includes Sultan, Sairat, and Deadpool. The 'Best Songs of 2016' list includes Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's title song and Cheap Thrills from Sia.
Here are all the top app and game picks from Apple in different sections:
iPhone App and Game of the Year (US and India): Prisma and Clash Royale
iPad App and Game of the Year (US and India): Sketchbook Motion and Severed
Apple TV App and Game of the Year (US): Twitter and Renegade
Apple Watch App and Game of the Year (US): MySwimPro - Personal Swim Trainer and Field Day
Mac App and Game of the Year (US): Bear and Life Is Strange
Best BlockBuster (US): Deadpool
Best Song (US): One Dance by Drake
Best Song (India): Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Title Track
Best Album (US): Views by Drake
Best Album (India): Udta Punjab
Best TV Show (US): American Crime Story