iOS App of the Week: Apple's Best of 2015

Apple's Best of 2015

Instead of our normal individual App of the Week, we're going to take a look at Apple's Best of 2015 list. Every year Apple picks its favorite iPhone and iPad apps and games released to the App Store. This year Apple selected Twitter's video streaming app Periscope as the App of the Year and Square Enix's Lara Croft GO was picked as the Game of the Year. iPhoneFAQ also selected Lara Croft GO as one of our Apps of the Week in September. You can read our review here.

Runner-ups in the apps category include the photo editor Enlight and the free stock trading app Robinhood. In the games department Bethesda's Fallout Shelter and Mr. Jump were listed in second and third place.

Apple also introduced two new categories this year - Best App and Game on iPhone 6s. Facebook's Instagram app was selected as best iPhone 6s app due to its 3D Touch features, and Pixel Toys Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade won best iPhone 6s game honors for incorporating 3D Touch controls.

Apple's Top 25 Apps of 2015:

1. Periscope by Twitter Inc. (App of the Year)
2. Enlight by Lightricks Ltd. (Runner Up)
3. Robinhood - Free Stock Trading by Robinhood Markets, Inc.(Runner Up)
4. Workflow: Powerful Automation Made Simple by DeskConnect, Inc. (Most Innovative)
5. Instagram by Instagram Inc. (Best App on the iPhone 6s)
6. HBO Now by HBO
7. Hopper - Airfare Predictions by Hopper
8. Darkroom - Photo Editor by Bergen Co.
9. Lark - Personal Weight Loss Coach & 24/7 Nutritionist by LARK
10. The Everything Machine by Tinybop Inc.
11. Pacemaker by Pacemaker Music AB
12. Tandem - Language Exchange by Tripod Technology
13. Jet by
14. Timeline - News in Context by, Inc.
15. Vee for Video by Medious
16. Fit Men Cook - Healthy Recipes by Nibble Apps ltd.
17. Spark - Smart Email App for Work by Readdle
18. RefME - Citations Made Easy by RefME
19. Wildcard - Know the Day in News and Entertainment by Coopkanics Inc.
20. Paper - Notes, Photo Annotation, and Sketches by FiftyThree, Inc.
21. GIPHY CAM. The GIF Camera by Giphy Inc,
22. PRY by Tender Claws LLC
23. Reuters TV: Video News by Thomson Reuters
24. Zova by ZOVA
25. Blue Apron by Blue Apron Inc.

Apple's Top 25 Games of the Year:

1. Lara Croft GO by Square Enix (Game of the Year)
2. Fallout Shelter by Bethesda (Runner-Up)
3. Mr. Jump by 1Button SARL (Runner-Up)
4. Dark Echo by RAC7 Games (Most Innovative)
5. Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade by Pixel Toys (Best Game on iPhone 6s)
6. Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
7. Vainglory by Super Evil Megacorp
8. Dungeon Boss by Big Fish Games
9. Puzzle Craft 2 by Chillingo Ltd
10. PAC-MAN 256 - Endless Arcade Maze by Bandai Namco
11. You Must Build a Boat by EightyEight Games
12. AG Drive by ZORG
13. MARVEL Contest of Champions by Kabam
14. Horizon Chase - World Tour by Aquiris Game Studio
15. Shadowmatic by TRIADA Studio
16.Fit Men Cook - Healthy Recipes by Nibble Apps Ltd
17. Super Sharp by 1Button SARL
18. Last Voyage by Semidome Inc.
19. Ski Safari by Sleepy Z Studios
20. Downwell by Devolver Digital
21. Rayman Adventures by Ubisoft
22. Afterpulse by GAMEVIL USA, Inc.
23. Psych! Outwit Your Friends by Warner Bros.
24. HoPiKo by Laser Dog
25. Blades of Brim by SYBO

You can see Apple's Best of 2015 breakdown in the App Store by tapping the Apple's Best of 2015 banner in the Featured section.