The 2013 iMore hall of fame will be inducting apps that were launched no later than December 31, 2008, which means this year, for the first time, the first wave of official App Store apps, and the developers and designers who crafted them, are now in contention.
We began the iMore hall of fame because we wanted to honor iOS developers and designers in a way that we felt really mattered. That might come off as presumptuous, but looking around the landscape, seeing halls of fame where tons of apps were admitted seemingly only weeks or month after they launched, we found ourselves wanting more. Since we try not to complain unless we're also willing to do something about it, we decided it was okay to be just a little presumptuous, and do our our own thing.
To make it matter, we set strict if realistic criteria -- in order for a developer or designer to qualify for the iMore hall of fame, at least 5 years must have passed since their app first launched, they and it must have made a significant contribution to the industry and/or community, and we would only ever admit a maximum of 5 apps a year.
Because the original iPhone launched in 2007, that meant the inaugural iMore hall of fame could only consider apps from 2007. We did just that, and ended up inducting 4 apps that we felt were truly fantastic, whose influence on iOS and mobile was and is inarguable: Apple and Mobile Safari, Lucas Newman, Adam Betts, and Lights Off, Craig Hockenberry, Gedeon Maheux, and Twitterrific, and Nate True and Tap Tap Revolution.
Starting tomorrow we'll be announcing our second set of inductees. What's more, we'll be handing out the physical awards for both 2012 and 2013 at WWDC 2013, at a special party held in their honor, and in honor of all our Iterate, Debug and iMore podcast guests over the last two years. And, of course, Guy English, Marc Edwards, Seth Clifford, and I will be recording a post-keynote show at the event.
It was tough to choose our inductees for 2012, and 2013 will be even harder. If you were around when the App Store debuted, and enjoyed -- or even had a hand in creating -- those original, official apps, let us know what your favorites were, and who you would choose to honor, and why.
Once again, the list will be short, but we're going to try very hard to get it right.