Apple names its picks for the best iPhone and iPad apps of 2014

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Apple has officially announced its picks for the best apps and media from the iTunes store in 2014. Like Google’s Android year-end list for its own Play Store, Apple’s list is editorially selected, and it eschews well-known apps such as Facebook and Twitter for lesser known gems.

Apple selected Elevate Brain Training as its iPhone app of the year, which has been downloaded over 5 million times since the “personal trainer for the brain” came out earlier this year. It’s a free app, but requires a $5 monthly fee to unlock the whole range of brain games. Apple’s app of the year last year was Duolingo, a similar educational game focused on learning languages.

The runner-up iPhone app of the year is Hyperlapse, Instagram’s innovative image stabilizing video program. Threes, a wildly addictive $3 puzzle app that succeeded even with an (inferior) free clone widely available, has been named…

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