Apple announces the 2021 Apple Design Award finalists across six categories

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What you need to know

  • Apple has announced the 2021 Apple Design Award finalists across six different categories..
  • Six apps per category are in the running for a win.

Apple today announced the finalists for the 2021 Apple Design Awards, with six apps included across six different categories.

This year, Apple's categories include inclusivity, delight and fun, interaction, social impact, visuals and graphics, and innovation. Some big App Store hitters are included.

The Apple Design Awards honor excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement in app and game design.

Ada 2021 Logo

Ada 2021 Logo (Image credit: Apple)

In the running for a win, are:


  • 1Password
  • A Monster's Expedition
  • Alba
  • HoloVista
  • Me: A Kid's Diary by Tinybop
  • Voice Dream Reader

Delight and Fun

  • Little Opheus
  • Pok Pok Playroom
  • Poolside FM
  • RakugakiAR
  • South of the Circle
  • Wonderbox


  • Bird Alone
  • CARROT Weather
  • Craft
  • Nova
  • Spr!ng
  • Wonderbox

Social Impact

  • Alba
  • Attentat 1942
  • Be My Eyes
  • Brief
  • If Found...
  • Klima

Visuals and Graphics

  • Beyond a Steel Sky
  • Genshin Impact
  • LittleOrpheus
  • Loona
  • Mission to Mars AR
  • (Not Boring) Weather


  • Bird Alone
  • Blind Drive
  • LoL: Wild Rift
  • Museum Alive
  • NaadSadhana
  • Universe

This year's Apple Design Awards will stream via the Developer app and Apple Developer website on June 10 at 2:00 PM PT.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.