Five Kiwi apps have floated above the rest in Apple’s pick of this year’s best in the New Zealand App Store.
Air New Zealand’s mPass, Trade Me Property, and the Countdown App were picked by Apple as the top disruptive services for iPhone. The latter two launched earlier this year. Apple showed Kiwi game devs some love too. Super Monster Ate My Condo!, developed by NZ studio PikPok, was one of the top picks for casual games. Bee Leader, developed by Mount Maunganui-based studio Flightless, featured on the New Ways to Play list.
Although not an editor’s choice, MetService’s weather app has proven popular with New Zealanders. It’s the second most popular paid iPhone app, behind instant messaging service WhatsApp.
Also released today is Apple’s NZ iTunes chart toppers for movies and music. Annah Mac’s Girl in Stilettos was the top kiwi song, while The Sparrow by Lawrence Arabia took best NZ album.
Superhero mashup The Avengers was the pick for best movie, and The Sapphires is listed as the best homegrown movie, even though it was produced in Australia.
In November, Apple hit the 1 million mark for the number of apps submitted to the App Store.
App of the Year (iPhone) - Action Movie FX
App of the Year (iPad) - Paper by FiftyThree
Game of the Year (iPhone) - Rayman Jungle Run
Game of the Year (iPad) - The Room
Mac App of the Year - Day One
Mac Game of the Year - Lego Batman 2
Best Movie - The Avengers
Best “Homegrown” Movie - The Sapphires
Album of the Year – Channel Orange, Frank Ocean
NZ Song of the Year - Girl in Stilettos, Annah Mac
NZ Album of the Year - The Sparrow, Lawrence Arabia
NZ Top Paid Apps (iPhone)
1. WhatsApp Messenger
3. Angry Birds Space
NZ Top Free Apps (iPhone)
NZ Top Paid Apps (iPad)
2. Angry Birds Space HD
3. Where’s My Water
NZ Top Free Apps (iPad)
1. Skype for iPad
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