Apple has announced its favorite apps, music, movies, TV shows and books of the year, with Elevate – Brain Training declared iPhone App of the Year while number puzzle game Threes! won iPhone Game of the Year.

For the iPad, ‘desktop-class’ image editor Pixelmator took the top slot, with the gorgeous Monument Valley winning best game. Both Threes! and Monument Valley previously won Apple Design Awards at WWDC back in June … 

For music, Beyoncé (who set a new iTunes sales record last year) took best artist, with Sam Smith best new artist. Taylor Swift grabbed best album with 1989, and Iggy Azalea best song with Fancy.

Guardians of the Galaxy won best blockbuster movie, with The LEGO Movie winning in the family movie category, while Fargo was declared best TV show.

Finally, in the books category, Anthony Doerr won best fiction with All the Light We Cannot See and Jeff Hobs took top place in non-fiction with The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace.

Last year’s winning apps were language-learning app Duolingo on the iPhone and Disney Animated on the iPad.

Interestingly, Apple appears to have made different selections outside the US, with Replay Video Editor winning app of the year in at least two European countries.

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