Apple, today handed out its annual Apple Design Awards to developers behind the best Mac and iOS apps of the year. The company looked to award those apps that were well-designed, state of the art and innovative – and available for sale in the Mac or iOS App Stores.
On the iPhone side, the company recognised Disney’s Where’s My Water, a casual game; Halfbrick Studios’s Jetpack Joyride, a cave-flyer style game; and National Geographic Society’s National Parks app.
The winners on the iPad side were Fifty Three’s Paper, an innovative drawing app; GameCollage’s Bobo Explores Light, an educational science book for kids; and Fingerlab’s DM1 – The Drum Machine – an advanced vintage drum machine simulator.
Three winners were chosen from the Mac App Store, too. They were Feral Interactive’s Deus Ex: Human Revolution Ultimate Edition, a shooting, stealth and role-playing game; Playdead’s Limbo ; and Bohemian Coding’s Sketch.
Finally, Apple recognised two student-made apps: From (deep breath) Reality Twist GmbH, Mimimi Productions, of Mediadesign Highschool of Applied Sciences, came DaWindci, a parachuting game for iPad. And from BiBoBox Studio, Dalian Nationalities University came another iPad app, Little Star, an interactive book for children.