What you need to know
- Apple has held an event to celebrate the best apps and games of 2019.
- Awards were given to several apps for iOS and Mac, as well as games on both platforms and Apple Arcade.
- Winners include Spectre Camera, Sky:Children of the Light and Flow by Moleskine.
Apple has revealed the winners of its App Store Best of 2019, handing out a pile of awards to apps and games on iOS, iPadOS, MacOS, and Apple Arcade.
Apple announced in November it would be holding an event on December 2 to honor the best apps and games of this year. Now, in a press release (opens in new tab) Apple has confirmed the full scope of the awards and all of the winners. In the release it said:
Best Apps of 2019
- iPhone App of the Year: Spectre Camera (Lux Optics)
- iPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)
- Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)
- Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)
Apple also gave a nod to the App trend of 2019, which it called Storytelling Simplified:
Best Games of 2019
- iPhone Game of the Year: "Sky: Children of the Light" (thatgamecompany)
- iPad Game of the Year: "Hyper Light Drifter" (Abylight S.L.)
- Mac Game of the Year: "GRIS" (Devolver / Nomada Studio)
- Apple TV Game of the Year: "Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap" (DotEmu)
The Game Trend of 2019 was Blockbusters Reimagined, which gives a nod to all of the monster games we saw brought to iOS and Apple this year, including Mario Kart, Minecraft Earth and Call of Duty:
The Apple Arcade Game of the Year award was given to Sayonara Wild Hearts, developed by Simogo. Apple noted that the App Store continues to revolutionize the way we work and live, and says that it has earned developers $120 billion worldwide. It also says that the App Store is "the world's safest and most vibrant app marketplace", and that over half a billion people visit each week. It also announced the charts for the top free apps and games of 2019. The top free app (opens in new tab) was YouTube, and the top free game (opens in new tab) was Mario Kart Tour.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
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