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Apple Design Awards – 12 amazing winners for 2021

Every WWDC, Apple hands out Design Awards to its favorite apps and games of the past year, to “honor excellence in innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement.” Twelve developers picked up prizes this week for their exemplary design work.

The format of the awards was slightly different this year, with awards up for grabs for best app and best game across six new categories: Inclusivity, Delight and Fun, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Innovation. Apple has also revealed the losing finalists for each category, meaning there’s an absolute wealth of incredible apps to check out.

Amongst the selection are plenty of apps we’ve written about here before: the mixed reality game HoloVista, the latest version of CARROT Weather, slick note editor Craft, and Mission to Mars AR. (Tap any of those links to read our reviews.)

Beyond those that we reviewed, there are plenty more great-looking we’re looking forward to checking out soon. Here’s the full list of winners:


Best game: HoloVista

Best app: Voice Dream Reader

Delight and Fun

Best game: Little Orpheus

Best app: Pok Pok Playroom


Best game: Bird Alone

Best app: CARROT Weather

Social Impact

Best game: Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Best app: Be My Eyes

Visuals and Graphics

Best game: Genshin Impact

Best app: Loóna


Best game: League of Legends: Wild Rift

Best app: Naadsadhana

The best way to see the full selection is at the Apple Design Awards microsite. Here you can read Apple’s reasoning behind every win, check out the other finalists, and even watch a compilation of video interviews with app developers for a behind-the-scenes look at the design process.

Oh, and if you’re hungry for even more great apps, take a look back through the previous five years of Apple Design Award winners!

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