Apple incorporated the ad of this year’s Apple Design Award winners at their World Developers Conference (WWDC) virtual online event, rather than waiting until the event is over, like last year. Before WWDC, Apple preview the finalists, whose apps and games showed a combination of technical achievement, design and ingenuity. Tonight, Apple announced the winners in six new award categories.
In the inclusion category, the winners supported people of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and languages.
This year’s winners included the highly accessible game Aconite, based in the US, HoloVista, where users can adjust various options for motion control, text sizes, text contrast, sound, and intensity of visual effects.
Another winner, Voice Dream Reader, is a text-to-speech application that supports over two dozen languages and offers responsive features and a high level of customizable settings.
In the Delight and Fun category, the winners offer memorable and engaging experiences enhanced by Apple technologies. From Belgium Pok Pok game room, a children’s entertainment app that grew out of Snowman (Alto’s Adventure series), won for its careful design and use of subtle haptics, sound effects, and interactions.
Another winner included the British Little orpheus, a platform game that combines storytelling, surprises and fun and offers a console-like experience in a casual game.
The winners in the Interaction category showcase apps that offer intuitive interfaces and effortless controls, says Apple.
The US-based snarky weather app. Carrot Weather won for its humorous predictions, unique visuals, and entertaining experience, which is also available as Apple Watch watch faces and widgets.
Canada Single bird The game combines gestures, haptics, parallax, and dynamic sound effects in ingenious ways to bring your world to life.
A category of Social Impact awarded awards to Denmark Be my eyes, which enables blind and low vision people to identify objects by pairing them with volunteers from around the world using their camera. Currently, it supports more than 300,000 users who are assisted by more than 4.5 million volunteers.
The two UK games won in this category by Sunrise, a game that teaches respect for the environment as players save wildlife, repair a bridge, clean up trash, and more. The game also plants a tree for each download.
The Visuals and Graphics winners boast “amazing images, skillfully drawn interfaces and high-quality animations,” says Apple.
Based in Belarus Loóna offers nightscape sessions that combine relaxing activities and atmospheric sounds with storytelling to help people relax at night. The app was recently awarded Google’s “Best App” of 2020.
From China Genshin impact It won by pushing the visual frontier in games, as motion blur, shadow quality, and frame rate can all be reconfigured on the fly. The game had previously been on Apple’s Best of 2020 list and was Google’s best game of 2020.
Winners of the innovation included Naad sadhana, an all-in-one studio-quality music app that helps artists perform and publish. The app uses AI and Core ML to listen to and provide feedback on the accuracy of the notes, and generates a backing track to match.
Riot Games ” League of Legends: Wild Rift (US) Won by taking a complex PC classic and delivering a comprehensive mobile experience that includes touchscreen controls, an auto-orientation system for newcomers, and a mobile-only camera setup.
This year’s winners will receive a prize package that includes hardware and the prize itself.
“This year’s Apple Design Award winners have redefined what we expect from a great app experience, and we congratulate them on a well-deserved victory,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, in a statement. “The work of these developers embodies the essential role that applications and games play in our daily lives, and serves as a perfect example of our six new award categories.”