According to a new press release from Apple, the winners are the apps that Apple’s evangelist team think best represent that goals and capabilities of the platform, providing examples of how user experience and functionality can really make apps shine.
Winners of this award aren’t just given a fancy bit of plastic to put in a cabinet (given this is Apple, it’s actually a one-off aluminum cube) but they are also slathered with a bevy of goodies, including a: 5K iMac Pro, 256GB iPhone X, 15-inch MacBook Pro, 512GB iPad Pro (complete with Apple Pencil), 4K Apple TV, Apple Watch Series 3 and some AirPods.
“This year’s winning apps and the developers behind them have created some really innovative and inspiring apps,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The Apple Design Awards have been a launchpad for developers who’ve made beloved apps on the App Store, like Procreate, Zova, djay Pro and Monument Valley, and we know these winners will continue that tradition.”
Last year the company broke from its norm for the ADAs by making them a private ceremony, exclusive to the award winners themselves, rather than a public event for all conference attendees. This year things were back to normal, as all developers in attendance could attend.
This year, ADA winning apps came from Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, India, Netherlands, Turkey and the U.S. Here they are:
- Agenda (Netherlands): A new approach to note-taking for the Mac.
- Bandimal (Finland): Music composition through animated cartoon animals.
- Calzy 3 (India): A highly-customizable calculator app.
- iTranslate Converse (Austria): Turns iPhone and Apple Watch into the closest thing we have to a universal translator.
- Triton Sponge (USA): Quickly calculate and keep track of blood loss during surgeries.
- Florence (Australia): An interactive storybook all about falling in love.
- INSIDE (Denmark): A mesmerizing puzzle game.
- Alto’s Odyssey (Canada): An endless sandboarding game.
- Frost (Austria): A free-form puzzle game.
- Oddmar (Turkey): A Viking side-scroller game.
Check out Apple’s press release on this year’s Apple Design Awards winners here.