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Best of the App Store – Apple to host app-based special event

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Apple has announced a brand new type of media event, which it will host in New York City on December 2.

Unlike its more familiar events, which focus on new hardware reveals or software development, this “special event” is set to focus squarely on the apps and games that make iOS so special.

Apple has long given out Design Awards each year at WWDC to honor some of its favorite apps, but those awards are typically weighted toward developers showcasing specific capabilities of Apple’s devices or adhering closely to Apple’s design principles or working guidelines. They’re apps that make iOS look good.

This new event looks as though it could be a broader “best of the App Store” end-of-year celebration. Apple’s media invite says it will honor the company’s “favorite apps and games of 2019,” though not much in the way of specific detail has been revealed yet. It’ll be interesting to see what format the show takes.

With the new 16-inch MacBook Pro and AirPods Pro recently announced via press release, we thought Apple was done with live presentations for the year. But now we’re looking forward to one final showcase that should be packed full of great apps and games to check out.

We’ll be sure to report on all Apple’s picks, and if previous events are anything to go by you’ll be able to tune into a live stream on the day if you’d rather watch along yourself. And, of course, we’ll be coming up with our own “best of 2019” list later this year!