BEST OF 2018

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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.

ORIG­I­NAL OR­GA­NI­ZA­TION

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.

Both apps use hand­writ­ing tech­nol­ogy to con­vert scrib­bles into text, and al­low for the an­no­ta­tion of PDF doc­u­ments. Nota­bil­ity is only slightly more ex­pen­sive, at $9.99 (com­pared to $7.99), and makes ex­cel­lent use of the iPad Pro’s dual-screen ca­pa­bil­i­ties as you drag and drop files, pho­tos, GIFs, web pages and more from other ap­pli­ca­tions into the app it­self. GoodNotes 4, how­ever, has a more fa­mil­iar feel, and bridges the gap per­fectly be­tween the stan­dard iOS notes ap­pli­ca­tion and a more ad­vanced form of or­ga­niz­ing your per­sonal doc­u­ments.

So there you have it... so far... the first part of Ap­ple’s most pop­u­lar apps of 2018. With apps to help you to clear your mind and metic­u­lously or­ga­nize your sched­ule, as well as to have some fun some­where in the mid­dle, we’ve cov­ered self-care, pro­duc­tiv­ity and gam­ing and been through var­i­ous free and ever-pop­u­lar apps that you may well al­ready own and use daily.

Next week, we’ll be look­ing at the most pop­u­lar apps for the Ap­ple Watch, see­ing what de­vel­op­ers have de­liv­ered for fi­nance man­age­ment and busi­ness in 2018, ex­am­in­ing the lat­est in­no­va­tions in AR within apps, and more. Take a look at our next is­sue to find out more about the many apps that could im­prove your life as we ap­proach the New Year.

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