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Apple today shared its 2021 App Store Award winners, highlighting the 15 best apps and games selected by Apple's global App Store editorial team. The top apps were chosen for their quality, innovative technology, creative design, and positive cultural impact.

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"The developers who won App Store Awards in 2021 harnessed their own drive and vision to deliver the best apps and games of the year -- sparking the creativity and passion of millions of users around the world," said Tim Cook, Apple's CEO. "From self-taught indie coders to inspiring leaders building global businesses, these standout developers innovated with Apple technology, with many helping to foster the profound sense of togetherness we needed this year."
Toca Life World, from Toca Boca, was named Apple's iPhone App of the Year. Designed for children, the app allows players to create their own worlds and bring their stories to life.

Apple's iPad App of the Year is LumaFusion, a popular mobile video editing app. It is recognized as one of the best ways to edit video on an iPhone or an iPad, with a wide range of editing tools and effects.

Multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends: Wild Rift won the title of iPhone Game of the Year for its online play, and MARVEL Future Revolution was Apple's pick for iPad Game of the Year.

Apple picked a Mac app and game of the year, an Apple TV app of the year, and an Apple Arcade game of the year, with details below.
  • Mac App of the Year: Craft Docs and Notes Editor, from Luki Labs Limited.
  • Mac Game of the Year: Myst, from Cyan.
  • Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN Sports Streaming, from DAZN Group.

  • Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3, from Pixelbite.
  • Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr.
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian, from Mistwalker.
Apple also highlighted "Connection" as the trend of the year, recognizing a selection of apps and games that brought people together in meaningful ways. Apps acknowledged in this category include Among Us!, Bumble, Canva, EatOkra, and Peanut.

Each App or Game of the Year winner will receive a physical App Store award that's modeled after the design of the App Store logo. Each award is created from 100 percent recycled aluminum and it has the name of the winner engraved on the side.

Article Link: Apple Picks the 2021 App Store Award Winners, Highlighting the Best Apps of the Year
 

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The results are based on the opinions of Apple's global App Store editorial team. I bet if the results were based on app users opinions the results would be totally different.
They were on the ball with CARROT Weather, that app is fantastic. I love the Apple Watch complications that it offers too, although it is a little fiddly to set up.
 
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Myst, an update of a 30 year old Mac game that I remember playing when I was 14 when it was NEW, is the 2021 Mac Game of the Year?

That just goes to show the sad sad state of affairs of gaming on the Mac still to this day. 😔
It's a really cool game and has come a long way since the stone ages when you were 14.
 

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Myst, an update of a 30 year old Mac game that I remember playing when I was 14 when it was NEW, is the 2021 Mac Game of the Year?

That just goes to show the sad sad state of affairs of gaming on the Mac still to this day. 😔
Lots of people did not get to play Myst when it was released, many people were not even born when it was released.

I remember playing it in a very OLD Mac, the graphic was amazing for the times (well sure they were almost pictures...)

The point is, the fact that it is still a great game (new visuals of course) means KUDOS to the developer, they

Not a sad state, but a timeless game.
 

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Apple could have done a much, much job with their picks, but it is what it is, the downward slide in iPhone Unit Sales will now accelerate !
 

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I've asked Apple to publicly detail just how many times each app had been App of the Day in 2021.

By my count, Toca Life World has been recommended as App of the Day 50+ times just in 2021 !
 
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The results are based on the opinions of Apple's global App Store editorial team. I bet if the results were based on app users opinions the results would be totally different.
apple tends to pick the most different/innovative apps not "yet another x" no matter how popular or good it is
 

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Myst, an update of a 30 year old Mac game that I remember playing when I was 14 when it was NEW, is the 2021 Mac Game of the Year?

That just goes to show the sad sad state of affairs of gaming on the Mac still to this day. 😔
Don’t worry. Next year we may be lucky enough to get a port of the original Wolfenstein :D
 

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Have now made the Request thru official channels as well.

Simply want to know how many times each "winner" was recommended as "App of the Day" during CY2021.

One in particular, appears to have been recommended more than "50" times !

And, I informed Apple that they should be doing it automatically, for Transparency purposes !

Whoever really runs the App Store, whether it's Tim, Phil, OR Matt, is clueless !

Dec 9th is now ONLY ONE week away !

They're going to lose the whole thing, & it starts either on Dec 9th, OR Jan 9th if Apple gets a Stay from the 9th circuit !

NOT ONLY did they blow it by picking a KNOWN Little Kid's App that won't create ANY new Enthusiasm for Apple's higher-end iPhones, but they appear to be totally clueless as to what's about to hit them !

NO ONE should be surprised if Tim loses his Board seat, & Phil & Matt are pushed-out completely by end of Jan !
 

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Wow I miss the beautiful perspective, lighting enhanced, drop shadowed icons like the App Store one they’re showing here instead of the fischer-price flat look we’ve had since iOS 7
 

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I’m surprised it took LumaFusion so long to win. It’s been around a for while.

Edit: This is not the same as the Apple Design Awards?
 
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That's great recognition.

EPIC GAMES, Fortnite is nowhere to be found, LOL



Apple today shared its 2021 App Store Award winners, highlighting the 15 best apps and games selected by Apple's global App Store editorial team. The top apps were chosen for their quality, innovative technology, creative design, and positive cultural impact.

app-store-awards-2021.jpg
Toca Life World, from Toca Boca, was named Apple's iPhone App of the Year. Designed for children, the app allows players to create their own worlds and bring their stories to life.

Apple's iPad App of the Year is LumaFusion, a popular mobile video editing app. It is recognized as one of the best ways to edit video on an iPhone or an iPad, with a wide range of editing tools and effects.

Multiplayer online battle arena game League of Legends: Wild Rift won the title of iPhone Game of the Year for its online play, and MARVEL Future Revolution was Apple's pick for iPad Game of the Year.

Apple picked a Mac app and game of the year, an Apple TV app of the year, and an Apple Arcade game of the year, with details below.
  • Mac App of the Year: Craft Docs and Notes Editor, from Luki Labs Limited.
  • Mac Game of the Year: Myst, from Cyan.
  • Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN Sports Streaming, from DAZN Group.

  • Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3, from Pixelbite.

  • Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr.
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian, from Mistwalker.
Apple also highlighted "Connection" as the trend of the year, recognizing a selection of apps and games that brought people together in meaningful ways. Apps acknowledged in this category include Among Us!, Bumble, Canva, EatOkra, and Peanut.

Each App or Game of the Year winner will receive a physical App Store award that's modeled after the design of the App Store logo. Each award is created from 100 percent recycled aluminum and it has the name of the winner engraved on the side.

Article Link: Apple Picks the 2021 App Store Award Winners, Highlighting the Best Apps of the Year

its oblivious $pple choose the winners and had nothing to do with actual downloads and purchasing .
 

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Mac app being catalyst or swiftui instead of appkit is automatically disqualified from being best imo
 
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