The Six Apps That Mattered Most in 2017

Some are obvious, some are awful. They were all a big deal this year.

A member of Apple staff pose with a new Apple iPhone X smartphone showing new emoji features in Apple’s Regent Street store in central London on November 3, 2017 after it opened for the first sales of the new smartphone — CHRIS J RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images

By Rachel Metz

If you own a smartphone, you use plenty of apps. Yet while you certainly have favorites among them, you probably don’t spend that much time reflecting on which ones are actually having an impact on the world — good, bad, or otherwise.

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