Check Out Apple’s List of 2014’s Top Apps

What did Apple name as its 2014 App of the Year? Elevate, which offers mini-games that claim to boost the player’s memory, focus, and cognition:

Elevate

Hyperlapse, an app created by Instagram that allows users to radically speed up video footage, was the runner-up:

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Apple’s Game of the Year was Threes!, a numbers-based puzzler:

Threes Sirvo LLC

The gaming runner-up was Leo’s Fortune, a side-scrolling platformer:

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Some of Apple’s other top apps:

1. Yahoo News Digest
2. Storehouse
3. SwiftKey
4. 1Password
5. Camera+
6. Toca Lab
7. NYT Now
8. 120 Sports
9. Camu
10. Spring
11. BuzzFeed
12. Peak
13. Nighty Night Circus
14. Yummly
15. Waterlogue
16. Human
17. Steller
18. TeleStory
19. Network TV
20. Litely
21. Uber

Top games included Monument Valley, Hitman GO, Ruzzle Adventure, Battleheart Legacy, World of Warriors, XCom: Enemy Within, Smash Hit, Spellfall, Spider-Man Unlimited, and Wayward Souls.

With regard to apps, Apple clearly aspired (as it does with every year’s ‘Best of’ list) to a relatively balanced mix of subjects, with somewhat more emphasis on password protection, news delivery, and camera features. Whatever the apps actually do, it’s clear that, when selecting for these sorts of lists, the company prefers elegant software that performs a small set of functions well; app developers, keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to build unnecessary functions into your project.

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Images: Elevate, Instagram, Sirvo LLC, 1337 & Senri LLC