BEST OF 2018
FREE AND EASY
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.
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.