There is a reason why meditation experts focus on breathing, it can improve your life.

LOS ANGELES – Keep calm.

Apple's choice for the iPhone application of the year has to do with meditation, soft music and sleep.

Screenshot of the application Calm (Photo: Calm)

The application is called Calma, and has been in operation since 2012, accumulating 14 million downloads and 40,000 new users daily. Beyond the application, Calm has created a mini industry that has also produced a companion book, "Calm the mind, change the world", and a new $ 29.99 sleeping fog product designed to spray on the pillow to help sleep. together with a story before sleeping of the application.

Apple said Calm received important updates this year that "expanded its breadth considerably, addressing issues like mindfulness for children and a better dream."

Last year the winner of the year application was Prisma, which transforms ordinary photos of the iPhone into works of art in the style of masters of the art world. In 2015, it was Periscope, the proprietary Twitter application that helped promote live mobile broadcasting, before Facebook popularized it as Facebook Live.

The Calm app tries to relax images and sounds (which can be adjusted to wood in the fireplace, flowing waters, night crickets and more) to calm it down, and a choice of three tabs: music, meditation and sleep .

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Meditation offers you different programs, (7 days of calm, 7 days of sleep, breathing) that teach " Basic concepts of mindfulness ", audio programs that present a narrator with relaxing images.

To sleep, Calm offers stories before sleeping of notable narrators, such as Stephen Fry, Tamara Levitt and Anna Acton. The music tab offers new age style electronics with images of sunsets, cityscapes, waterfalls and oceanic seas, along with natural water.

The initial application programs are free, but there are additional 7 and 21 day programs that point to stress, anxiety, self-esteem, happiness and gratitude for subscription, $ 12.99 a month or if you accept a commitment to one year, $ 4.99 per month.

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Apple's selection for the iPad's app of the year is Affinity Photo, which provides professional photo editing techniques to the tablet, for a flat rate of $ 19.99. Apple said it chose the application, which came to the iPad in May 2017, because it offered iPad users tools "previously found in expensive software that practically required a master's degree"

In the games, Splitter Critters, a nice $ 2.99 racing project, got the go-ahead for iPhone games, with the wit The Witness ($ 9.99) for iPad as the favorite.

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