Apple revealed the winners of its prestigious Design Awards in a small ceremony at its annual conference on Wednesday. These awards go to apps that Apple likes because they’re new, useful, or particularly beautiful. It’s one of the biggest awards that Apple gives to its app developers. Unlike Apple’s end-of-year awards list, these apps often aren’t super popular yet, and usually take advantage of new Apple capabilities or highlight emerging trends in app design. Sometimes, Apple even buys the companies behind apps that have won these awards. Here are this year’s winners. We’ll start with the apps then move onto the games:
Lake, a beautiful coloring app that works well with Apple’s stylus, Pencil
Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.
Bear, an elegant note-taking app
Price: Free, but the pro version is a $14.99 annual subscription.
Kitchen Stories, a beautiful cooking app that Apple CEO Tim Cook likes
Price: Free with in-app purchases.
Here’s what it looks like on an Apple TV:
Things 3, a fully-featured to-do list and productivity system
Elk, a beautiful currency conversion app with an Apple Watch version
Clean Shaven Apps
Price: Free for 14 days. Full version is a $3.99 in-app purchase.
Enlight, a high-performance photo editor for iPhones
Blackbox, a beautiful puzzle game
Splitter Critters, a puzzle game for kids and adults
Mushroom 11, a dark and beautiful platforming game
Old Man’s Journey, an adventure game best on iPad
Severed, an intense sword-fighting game.
Apple really deserves this award!