Following a long-standing tradition, after the official part of WWDC, Apple announced the winners of the prestigious Apple Design Awards. Thus, the company would like to thank the creators of the most successful and attractive products. In fact, it’s not just the design that developers can win. Apple can appreciate unique solutions and an original approach to creating an interface or gameplay. The current award Apple Design Awards 2020 was not held in the same format as the last few years – there was no offline presentation and awards ceremony. Nevertheless, Apple decided not to interrupt the tradition and named 8 laureates of the annual award.
Apple Design Awards
Apple has awarded 8 app developers from around the world. Among the programs there are both games and even advanced photo editors. In general, if you haven’t downloaded them yet, now is the time.
The most beautiful apps in the App Store
Darkroom is a powerful photo editor for iOS
In fact, this is really one of the most beautiful photo editors used by many in our editorial office. It’s a fast and incredibly powerful photo editor with a decent range of features. The main feature of Darkroom is the adjustment of shadows, contrast, white and black balance using special curves, which is much more convenient than the usual sliders. You can download the application for free, but you need to use the advanced features by subscription.
Looom – creating animations on iPad
An application that can quickly animate you using the same tools as in the music editor. We drew a frame-by-frame animation using Apple Pencil, marking each frame in parallel, and then the application will do everything for you. The result can be exported to professional animation editors like Adobe Animate. But in general, everyone can have fun in our Telegram chat, for this it is not even necessary to be able to draw. The application, however, is not cheap.
Shapr3D – iPad app for architects
A very powerful thing is an iPad CAD application for creating architectural and technical drawings. The application allows you not to use a computer for many tasks related to the design of buildings and communications, but to perform most of them on a tablet. The app already has ARKit support, and later will add support for a LiDAR scanner to automatically generate an accurate 2D floor plan and 3D room model. Unsurprisingly, subscribing to it is quite expensive and is a solution for professionals.
StaffPad – converts sheet music to electronic format
Stunned how cool it works!
And this application is already for composers, who, as a rule, often write notes simply by hand. The app scans each measure and saves it as notes that you can edit with Apple Pencil. And don’t be intimidated by its cost – for those who need this app, it has paid off long ago.
The most beautiful games on the App Store
Apple has not spared games either – of course, almost all of them are represented in Apple Arcade.
Sayonara Wild Hearts – Playing with a Sense of Rhythm
The musical action game Sayonara Wild Hearts is available to subscribers from the start of Apple Arcade. Nintendo, for example, sells it for 899 rubles. And people buy it because it’s really good! But you and I don’t need to pay more, everything is already included in those 199 rubles a month. The game features surreal landscapes, mesmerizing visuals and movements – and it truly is one of the prettiest in the App Store.
Download Sayonara Wild Hearts
Are there any more beautiful games?
A beautifully drawn multiplayer quest in which you have to help the heavenly creatures find their way home. It’s cool that today technologies allow you to do not only banal time killers, where you need to crush virtual cockroaches, but create something more grandiose. Sky: Children of the Light is one of those. By the way, Apple has previously named this game one of the best apps in the 2019 ranking.
Download Sky: Children of the Light
Song of Bloom – Tricky Puzzle
A deep story about everything in the world, set out in a short hand-drawn video. Explore the story in drawings made with different techniques, learn how to manage it, and see what happens! The plot is incredibly twisted, plus it is accompanied by interesting puzzles. What they ask for this game only 149 rubles – a real gift.
Download Song of Bloom
Where Cards Fall is one of the most colorful games
The game, which was created jointly by the developers from Snowman, the creators of Alto’s Adventure, and The Game Band Studios. It is incredibly beautiful and atmospheric, like Alto’s Adventure. Both music and pictures are attractive. The player will have to build various structures using cards. It is very pleasant in such an atmosphere. You can talk about this game for a long time – you have to see it yourself. You can do this by subscribing to Apple Arcade.
Download Where Cards Fall
All these applications have in common that they use Apple technology. Some use them to the fullest – for example, ARKit and Metal technology; others have advanced Apple Pencil interaction and a dark theme. Past Apple Design Awards include Pixelmator, djay, Complete Anatomy, HomeCourt, Florence and Crossy Road. What other apps would you award this award to? Let us know in the comments.