Apple selects 'Best of 2016' apps, movies, iBooks and moreApple on Tuesday unveiled its "Best of" selections for 2016, highlighting the year's most popular apps, TV shows, movies, e-books and other content sold across the company's various digital storefronts.
Photo editing app Prisma, known for its painterly renditions of iPhone snaps, and hugely successful real-time multiplayer strategy title Clash Royale took top honors as Best iPhone App and Game of the Year, respectively. Face-shifting and photo filters app MSQRD and Reigns were runners-up.
Though it didn't place in the top two, Niantic's wildly successful game Pokemon GO received special recognition as the App Store's "Breakout Hit" of 2016.
SketchBook Motion was named Apple's top iPad app, while award-winning game Severed added to its growing list of accolades as the Best iPad Game of 2016.
On Apple Watch, fitness tracker MySwimPro won app of the year (perhaps a nod to the enhanced water resistance of Apple Watch Series 2), as farming game Field Day took home Best Game. Twitter's new tvOS app and Riptide GP: Renegade were respectively named Best Apple TV App and Game.
Moving on to Apple Music, Drake swept both top song and top album of 2016 with the track "One Dance" off the album "Views." Additionally, Apple published a list of 2016's Top 100 songs in a special Apple Music playlist, featuring songs from The Chainsmokers, Justin Bieber, twenty one pilots and more.
The "Best of" section in the iTunes Movies Store narrowed down selections by genre, with "Deadpool," "Sausage Party," "La La Land," "Kubo and the Two Strings," "Weiner," "Sing Street," American Honey" and "Moonlight" each taking home awards. TV show selections include "The People V. O.J. Simpson," "O.J.: Made in America," "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," "Atlanta," "Steven Universe," RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," "The Americans" and "This is Us."
Podcast awards went out to "Revisionist History," "How I Built This," "In the Dark," "Jocko Podcast," "Anna Faris is Unqualified," "FiveThirtyEight Politics," "Pardon My Take" and more.
Finally, on the iBooks Store, Apple editors chose a number of outstanding books including "Moonglow," "Evicted," "If I was Your Girl," "Homegoing," "Sweetbitter" and "Dark Money," among others.
A full list of winners can be found on the App Store, iTunes and iBook Store.