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LOS ANGELES — Be calm.

Apple’s choice for iPhone app of the year is all about meditation, soothing music and getting to sleep.  

 

The app is called Calm, and it’s been out since 2012, amassing 14 million downloads and 40,000 new users daily. Beyond the app, Calm has created a mini-industry that’s also produced a companion book, “Calm the Mind, Change the World,” and a new $29.99 “sleep mist” product that is meant to be sprayed on the pillow to aid sleep, in conjunction with a bedtime story from the app.  

Apple said that Calm received major updates this year that “expanded their breadth considerably, taking on topics such as mindfulness for children and better sleep.”

Last year’s app of the year winner was Prisma, which transforms ordinary iPhone photos into artwork in the style of the masters of the art world. In 2015 it was Periscope, the Twitter-owned app that helped pioneer live mobile streaming, before Facebook got in and popularized it as Facebook Live. 

The Calm app is all about relaxing visuals and sounds (which can be adjusted to wood in the fireplace, flowing waters, evening crickets and more) to calm you down, and a choice of three tabs: music, meditate and sleep. 

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Meditation offers you different programs, (7 days of Calm, 7 days of Sleep, Breathe) which teach the “basics of mindfulness,” audio programs which feature a narrator over relaxing images.

For sleep, Calm offers bedtime stories by notable storytellers, such as Stephen Fry, Tamara Levitt and Anna Acton. The music tab offers new-age style electronica set to images of sunsets, cityscapes, waterfalls and ocean seas, along with natural water. 

The app’s initial programs are free, but additional 7 and 21-day programs targeting stress, anxiety, self-esteem, happiness and gratitude are available on a subscription basis, $12.99 monthly, or if you agree to a year’s commitment, $4.99 monthly. 

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