The Apple Design Awards have been presented each year since 1997 to a diverse selection of apps and software to honor exceptional design and innovation. For the last 20 years, Apple has held its annual awards on the first night of WWDC. But it seems Apple has changed the pattern, as this time company announced the Apple Design Awards in a small ceremony at its annual conference on Wednesday, June 7 2017.
Holding such events is another way to motivate app and game developers to keep up their good work. This year, twelve apps won Apple Design Awards. Let’s talk about the winners then!
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Bear is a beautiful and flexible writing app for crafting notes and prose. It helps writers focus on their content and produce great results. Bear is perfect for everything from quick notes, to code snippets, to in-depth essays. Available in 11 different languages with an advanced Markup Editor, it supports over 20 programming languages, with smart data recognition and numerous export options. Bear is suitable for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Get it here
2. AirMail 3
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Winner of the 2017 Apple Design Award, AirMail 3 is a powerful and efficient mail client designed for the latest generation macOS, iOS, and watchOS. It is available in 32 different languages including English, Dutch, Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian. AirMail 3 helps you tame your inbox with its clean, three-column layout, smart interactive features, speed and an amazing design. You can also sync your iCloud between your Mac and iOS. Get it here
3. Kitchen Stories
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Kitchen Stories is a fantastic app, loved by millions of users and founded by two women. It helps to find delicious recipes with awesome pictures, easy to follow step-by-step photo guide, recipe videos, how to and DIY videos” absolutely free of cost. You can use it in iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Get it here
4. Elk Travel Currency Converter
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Elk won the Apple Design Award 2017. Elk is the fastest way to convert currencies during trips. The best part about Elk is, it identifies where you are, and automatically picks the right currency for you. Available in 11 languages and it is perfectly suited for Apple Watch and enables quickly converting over 150 currencies worldwide. Get it here
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Enlight is one of the best app that you’ve ever needed, wanted or dreamt of. It is combined into one powerful and beautifully designed photo editor which takes a bunch of complicated, ultra CPU-heavy image manipulation stuff and hide it behind a deceptive simple UI. Enlight is a superior way to create and edit stunning wide color images with traditional 2D and novel 3D elements to simulate surface materials and lighting, while controlling everything in real-time. Get it here
Lake is a stress relieving therapy with art coloring pages. It is a well designed app that improves your mood and overall happiness. It comes with twelve beautiful drawings that you can color over and over, with a custom color palette. Basically, anyone can use this app but Lake is designed for adults. It has amazing features which will make you fall in love it this app such as zoom in/out, works offline, Apple Pencil and 3D Touch support. Lake instantly save your drawings and allows you to share and print your pictures. Get it here
7. Things 3
Things 3 is an award-winning personal task manager which has a perfect balance between simplicity and power. It is an incredible new feature, delightful interactions, and a timeless new design for its users. Compatible for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac. Suitable for editing, multi-selection, list reordering, to do list syncing across all devices, quick scheduling, date parsing, searching, reminders, and other features makes it everyone’s first choice. Get it here
And Here are this year’s Gaming Apps that won!
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Blackbox is a puzzle game with over 80,000 5 star reviews worldwide. Undoubtedly Blackbox has been selected as an Apple Design Award 2017 winner. Blackbox encourage players to solve puzzles by tilt, shout, click, snap, wait, reflect. So, you can hike your way to success and expand your creative thinking. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Get it here
9. Old Man’s Journey
Old Man’s Journey is a story game about life’s precious moments, broken dreams, and unrealized plans. It is a gorgeous experience which conveys universal truths with pressure-free puzzle adventure game. Old Man’s Journey is designed and developed by a team of five from Vienna, Austria. Get it here
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Severed is an intense game which looks great while playing. This super compelling game won back to back 11 awards including Apple Design Award 2017 and iPad Game of the Year 2016.
It is an adventure game in which you play a one-armed warrior named Sasha, who’s searching of her family. Severed has master offensive and defensive touch combat techniques to survive intense battles against a horde of enemies. It is available in 11 different languages including Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Get it here
11. Mushroom 11
Mushroom 11 is a unique and innovative game with simple, groundbreaking touch controls which is designed with Multi-Touch in its core for a complete tactile experience. It has seven vast hand-painted worlds filled with puzzles and secrets. Amazing running speed and scoring challenges will keep you coming back for hours and hours of fungus!
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad. Get it here
12. Splitter Critters
Splitter Critters is an award-winning level-based arcade puzzle-game for iPhone and iPad. Specialty of this game is, here you can split the world with a swipe of your finger and then rearrange it to guide critters back to their spaceship. In Splitter Critters, you can experience colorful planets, full of danger, challenging puzzles, and innovative mechanics that will make you think in new ways. Get it here
So, these were the applications which made on to the list due to their exceptionally beautiful designs, graphics and amazing features and got awarded with Apple Design Awards 2017. Let us know what’s your opinion about these apps and games in the comments section below.