They're what change the way we get things done and how we have fun. They're what compel us to replace what was in our pocket, on our lap or our desk, on our Home screens, in our workflows, and in our hearts with what's new and what’s next. They're what challenge our preconceptions, force us to forget what came before, and make it impossible for us to imagine how we ever lived without them. They're the devices, the apps, the games, and the accessories that affected us the most this year. They're our 2013 iMore Editors Choice Award winners!
Candy Crush Saga
On one hand, Candy Crush Saga is one of the most popular, most successful games we’ve ever seen. On the other, it achieves this popularity and success by engaging in what amounts to psychological warfare against its players. Love it or hate it, we simply can’t deny it.
Belkin LEGO Builder Case
It’s not practical… and we don’t care. No accessory restored our childlike senses of wonder this year more than the Belkin LEGO Builder Case for iPhone. (We recommend adorning it with LEGO Marvel, DC, or Back to the Future.)
Steve Jobs once asked his engineers why a MacBook Air didn't boot as fast and last as long on a charge as an iPad. It took a few years, some new chipsets, and OS X Mavericks's timer coalescing, app nap, and battery shaming, but now it does.
Runners-up: Interactive notifications, multi-monitor support
Where previously only a few of us were experienced and fast enough to make diagrams in Photoshop in a couple of hours, now each and every one of us can easily make great looking diagrams in Napkin in minutes. Also our Mac productivity app of the year, nothing saved us more time in 2013, and that’s priceless.
(One of the developers of Napkin, Guy English, is co-host of the Debug podcast on the Mobile Nations network. In the interests of full disclosure, Napkin received the most votes from iMore/Mobile Nations staff for Mac app of the year, and was the unanimous choice for productivity app of the year.)
Runner-up: iMovie 10
If the steampunk setting isn’t enough to grab you, the incredible story, incredible gameplay, and new episodes of Bioshock Infinite — also our Mac action game of the year — will put you in a full body lock, in your chair, in front of your screen, unable to do anything but enjoy the ride of your gaming life.
Runner-up: The Stanley Parable
Logic Pro X
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Apple takes a beloved but neglected pro app and gives it a mainstream makeover. Frustrating some old users, it’s now accessible to far, far more new ones. This year was Logic Pro X’s turn. And it was about time.
Google Reader might have died in 2013, but with apps like ReadKit not only do we no longer miss it, but we’re kinda glad it’s dead. With RSS and read-later support, it’s not only how many of us keep up with the news, but how we get our jobs done.
Maybe you played the original pen-and-paper game, maybe the Nintendo classic, or maybe you’re only just now about to discover one of the most richly textured, most compelling pieces of science-fantasy ever made. Deckers rejoice, Shadowrun Returns is here.
AirPort Time Capsule
Apple’s Time Capsule grew up this year. Literally. It went from being short and stout to tall and even more powerful. With 802.11ac and up to 3TB of storage, the new AirPort Time Capsule is still the easiest way for most people to keep backed up most of the time.
Matias Quiet Pro
If you’re looking to go mechanical for the first time, look no further. If you’re already familiar with the Tactile Pro, you’ll be right at home with the mechanical feel of the Matias Quiet Pro. The only thing missing is the clickety-clack, which many won’t miss at all.
Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 for Mac
Even if you believe Apple makes the best products in the world, that belief may not extend as far as the mouse. Logitech, on the other hand, has been making some of the best pointing device sin the world for years. The Logitech Ultrathin Touch Mouse T631 for Mac is just the latest in that long line, near-legendary line.
More awards and your awards!
How did your picks vary from ours? Check out iMore's 2013 readers choice awards and find out, and if your favorite didn't make either list, tell us all about it in the comments!