Apple Magazine - - Best Of 2018 -

Many of the big hit­ters fea­ture in Ap­ple’s list of the top free-to-down­load apps, with the most no­table change be­ing YouTube jump­ing from num­ber three in 2017 to the top spot this year. Snapchat and Bit­moji, last year’s top two, have both fallen away slightly (drop­ping to two and five re­spec­tively), while Mes­sen­ger , at three, just slightly out­ranks Facebook, at four, with Net­flix, Google Maps, Gmail and Spo­tify Mu­sic mak­ing up the top 10.

No­tably, YouTube Kids has made the top 10 of the free-to-down­load apps for the iPad. Pro­vid­ing fam­i­lies with a re­as­sur­ing al­ter­na­tive to the reg­u­lar ver­sion, and with no com­pro­mise in In­ter­net safety for the young user, this app is the first ‘child friendly’ op­tion to hit any of the main top 10 cat­e­gories in Ap­ple’s app awards this year.


Also far­ing fan­tas­ti­cally this year were sev­eral apps de­signed specif­i­cally to help users to or­ga­nize and per­son­al­ize their plans. Nota­bil­ity and GoodNotes 4 ranked highly in the Pro­duc­tiv­ity charts this year, pro­vid­ing users with unique ways of record­ing plans, an­no­tat­ing pho­tos and sched­ul­ing events, us­ing only the swipe of a fin­ger or sty­lus.

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