The Apple App Store, first released in 2008, has come a long way in showcasing applications ranging from utilitarian tools to games made for sheer entertainment. With more than 1.5 million apps in the App Store, Apple’s editorial team has hand-picked several ones that have stood out this year.
Periscope garnered the award for “App of the Year.” Acquired by Twitter early this year, the application allows users to conduct live video streams through their smartphone.
“When we launched Periscope this past March, we had no idea what to expect. We certainly hoped people would like what we had built, and would find value in using it. But we never expected our idea would be supported this much, or grow this fast. We certainly never expected to receive such high honors as this,” writesPeriscope in a blog post.
Another app that made the list is Workflow. Named “most innovative app of the year,” Periscope is an automation tool that reduces the number of clicks one needs to complete any task, whether it’s ordering pizza, getting directions, or making bank transactions. Developed by three college dropouts, the app has sold over hundreds of thousands of copies.
Here’s a list of Apple’s picks for this year’s top apps:
Robinhood – Free Stock Trading
Workflow (Most Innovative)
Instagram (Best for iPhone 6s)
Hopper – Airfare Predictions
Darkroom – Photo Editor
Lark – Personal Weight Loss Coach
The Everything Machine by Tinybob
Horror game Dark Echo took the spot for “Most Innovative App Store Game.” The game’s stylish art design makes it worthy for the position.
Lara Croft GO
Dark Echo (Most Innovative)
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade (Best for iPhone 6s)
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
Puzzle Craft 2
With the iPad Pro and the next Apple Watch coming soon, 2016 should bring some cool apps and games to the table.