What you need to know
- Apple today announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards.
- The eight winners are split across apps and games.
- Winners include Darkroom, Where Cards Fall, and more.
Apple today announced (opens in new tab) the eight winners of its annual Apple Design Awards. Of those eight winners, four created apps while the remaining four built some of the best games currently available on the App Store.
In making the announcement, Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, said that getting their hands on an Apple Design Award is a big accomplishment for a developer.
Let's take a look at the winners of a 2020 Apple Design Award and what Apple had to say about them, starting with apps.
Darkroom (opens in new tab)
A little background on Darkroom, including why the app was built in the first place.
Looom (opens in new tab)
Shapr3D (opens in new tab)
StaffPad (opens in new tab)
Moving on to games, we start with one of Apple Arcade's hit titles in Sayonara Wild Hearts.
Sayonara Wild Hearts (opens in new tab)
Sky: Children of the Light (opens in new tab)
Song of Bloom (opens in new tab)
And when Apple calls something "a hidden gem", you listen.
Where Cards Fall (opens in new tab)
Apple closed out the announcement by noting a massive 250 developers have won Apple Design Awards in the last 20 years. I can't wait to see what great apps and games developers will create this year!
Oh, and there's a delightful video for you to watch (opens in new tab), too!
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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.
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