On Thursday, December 2nd, 2021, Apple announced the winners of its App Store awards for the year, which were selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial staff. The awards recognize 15 applications and games from around the world that exhibit high quality, cutting-edge technology, inventive design, and a positive cultural impact. According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, apps played a larger role in daily life this year.
In a statement, Cook stated, “The developers who won App Store Awards in 2021 harnessed their drive and vision to build the finest applications and games of the year, fueling the creativity and enthusiasm of millions of people across the world.” “These outstanding developers pioneered Apple technology, with many contributing to promoting the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year.”
Typically, award winners are App Store newbies, those who have used Apple technologies in new and interesting ways, or those who have received special attention throughout the year. Last year’s award winners, for example, reflected how the epidemic manifested itself in the world of apps, with “Wakeout!” winning iPhone App of the Year and “Zoom” winning iPad App of the Year
The Award was divided into the following categories:
1. iPhone App of the Year:
Toca Boca, a children’s app developer, earned the iPhone App of the Year award for their app “Toca Life World.” Toca Boca is a Spanish word that means “to touch the mouth.” The Swedish app development company specializes in children-friendly apps for tablets and smartphones, as most of its applications are digital toys…
The company was founded from Bonnier’s Research and Development unit on July 18, 2005, and its first application was released in March 2011. Its award-winning application, ‘Toca Life World,’ is a world-building game for children that allows them to play out numerous storylines using Home Designer tools and a Character Creator. Apple lauded it for “masterfully iterating on the art of play and self-expression for children.”
2. iPad App of the Year:
LumaTouch won this award for their ‘LumaFusion’ application. “LumaFusion is a powerful multitrack video editor used by mobile journalists, filmmakers, and professional video producers to tell compelling video stories,” according to their website. It allows any professional or aspiring producer, journalist, or filmmaker with a video story to tell it using the most recent technology for iPhones and iPads.
Some of its unique features include the ability to Cut, copy, paste in the timeline and between projects, Use media directly from Photos, GNARBOX, WD Wireless, Frame.io, Add third-party audio plugins, Adjust font, colour, face, border and shadow,Create slow motion/fast motion forward and reverse amongst others. Chris Demiris and Terri Morgan launched the company in early 2013 with the goal of creating professional-level video applications for mobile that would draw on their respective backgrounds in video software.
3. iPhone Game of the Year:
4. Apple Watch App of the Year:
Carrot Weather won this category. It is a super-powerful (and privacy-conscious) weather app that provides humorously distorted forecasts, that provides customers with super-accurate weather data as well as instant access to current, hourly, and daily predictions. The information screens, which are easy to read, are dripping with meteorological delight.
It has also won honours such as the 2021 Apple Design Award, the App Store Editors’ Choice Award, and more. Apple also boasted that it has the best-in-class meteorological forecasts, which compete with Apple’s default Weather app and rely on data from Apple-owned Dark Sky.
5. Apple TV App of the Year:
Apple praised “DAZN” for bringing local sports culture into the forefront around the world. In the meantime, Apple is secretly developing a SportsKit foundation for Apple TV and iOS apps, which DAZN may use in the future.
Every week, DAZN broadcasts action from the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Belgian Pro League, and other European leagues. From the 2021/2022 season onwards, fans can watch every Premier League, UEFA Men’s and Women’s Champions League, and UEFA Europa League game completely online.
Other winners include:
- Craft as the winner of the Mac App of the Year award.
- Myst Mac Game of the Year award winner.
- Space Marshals won the Apple TV Game of the Year award.
- Fantasian goes home with the Apple Arcade Game of the Year award.
Apple also named “Connection” as the top Trend of the Year, honouring a variety of apps and games that have had a long-lasting impact on people’s lives. The apps on this list were InnerSloth’s cooperative and competitive game “Among Us!”; Bumble, a dating and networking app (whose top rival, Match, is a noted App Store critic); Canva, a design resource; EatOkra, a local eatery guide focused on Black-owned businesses; and Peanut, a social network for women that launched its audio chat rooms this year.
The award winners will once again receive actual App Store awards, which are inspired by the characteristic blue App Store icon and engraved on one side with the winner’s name in the 100% recycled aluminium used to build Apple products.
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