Apple has unveiled its top iPhone and iPad apps of the year.
The list revealed on Tuesday includes the App Store’s hand-picked winners for everything from the best game of the year, Donut County for iPhone and Gorogoa for iPad, to the best app trend of the year, Self-care.
There are a few winners that mirror Google Play’s top picks list that was released on Monday, as well as a few surprises.
While Google selected language-learning app Drops as its app of the year, Apple gave the award to Procreate Pocket, a sketching and drawing app.
The App Store’s iPad App of the Year honors goes to Froggipedia, an augmented reality app for studying frogs and other amphibians.
In the self-care category, Apple named four winners: Fabulous- Motivate Me, Shine, Calm, and 10% Happier.
It also named 10 “Favorite Watch Apps” of the year: WaterMinder, App in the Air, CARROT Weather, Just Press Record, Swing Tennis Tracker, Lifesum, 10% Happier, Overcast, Fun Gold GPS, and Slopes.
Apple also released its top downloads of the year. Here are the “most popular apps” for iPhone and iPad:
- Facebook Messenger
- Google Maps
- Cash App
- Google Photos
- Google Chrome
faces a new threat not only to its latest iPhones but every iPhone and iPad you can buy…
In short: the data on all iPhones and iPads running iOS 12 is not safe. This comes after an announcement from popular data recovery company DriveSavers that files on these devices can be accessed with “a 100% success rate”. Furthermore, unlike most security holes which are disclosed to Apple, this one is being kept secret.
Apple’s iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XRApple
Why? Speaking to MacRumors, DriveSavers said it is building a service around the exploit and charging users up to $3,900 if they want to access locked devices. That said, the company stresses it is using strict identification protocols from customers to ensure they are not hacking an iPhone or iPad which doesn’t belong to them.
Whether or not you choose to believe DriveSavers about this, the problem is others may not be so ethical.
With DriveSavers keeping the flaw a secret to protect its new service, Apple has a major job on its hands to find and fix it. And until then, the race is on for more nefarious hackers to discover and exploit it …if they aren’t already.
And the prizes are high.
For a while this Monday, Microsoft surpassed Apple as the most valuable United States-based company. The software company hit a valuation point of $813 billion today, which was just $1 billion ahead of Apple. Considering that not long ago Apple (and Amazon not too long after) broke $1 trillion valuation, it has come a long way down since then, due in part to Apple’s latest (and most expensive) smartphones (XR, XS, XS Max) not selling as well as anticipated.
It isn’t to say that Microsoft hasn’t faced any challenges lately, but Apple has been just been barely able to get by with investors. Its smartphone business has slowed down due to a very complicated list of factors but has tried to compensate revenue by raising the retail price of iPhones every year while also focusing on selling subscription based services like iCloud and Apple Music.
On the other hand, Microsoft is doing well with Azure cloud services and Office 365’s subscription-based model while Microsoft’s gaming segment (Xbox) is seeing strong forecasts with its Xbox All Access monthly subscription model. On a similar note, both Sony and Microsoft are rumored to be releasing brand-new consoles this year.
Apple iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
We are anticipating a very interesting Q4 this year. Apple recently introduced its new iPad Pro, Mac Mini, and MacBook Air lineups which are coming out just in time for the shopping season. Its recent partnership with Amazon to sell Apple devices will also help boost some sales and we’re curious to see if 2018 iPhone sales will strengthen before the end of the year.
Sprint and HTC announce that the two companies are working together with Qualcomm to launch a “mobile smart hub” in the first half of next year. No further details were given about what exactly this smart hub looks like or what it do. But Sprint says it will “deliver multimedia and connected data capabilities in a compact and portable design.” It could be have a built-in projector, perhaps?
HTC is going to deliver the second 5G product meant for Sprint’s future 5G network. The first one is going to be a smartphone from LG which was announced for H1 of 2019 as well, back in August. It’s going to be the first official 5G smartphone – as long as you don’t count the Moto Z3’s 5G MotoMod.
Sprint is going to rollout and launch its network over the first half of the year and the first markets to receive the rollout are Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington D.C. with more markets expected to be announced.
It will be interesting to see how Sprint and T-Mobile’s 5G networks will combine once T-Mobile and Sprint merge into a single carrier. Back in April, CEO of T-Mobile, John Legere has said that he expects the merger to complete in Q2 of 2019.
Perhaps Sprint and T-Mobile are already working together on a 5G rollout that could easily be combines once the two companies become one – which we don’t expect to happen anytime soon. It took a while before Metro PCS customers were transitioned to T-Mobile towers back when the carrier acquired the pre-paid network