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Wakeout! Named Apple's Best App of 2020, While Zoom Earns the Title for Best iPad App

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Apple today shared its App Store Best of 2020 winners, highlighting its picks for the top iOS, iPadOS, and macOS apps and games released over the course of the year.


Apple's iPhone App of the Year award went to Wakeout!, which is a family friendly exercise and movement app that encourages people to complete easy exercises while at home. Apple's iPad App of the Year was Zoom, which soared in popularity due to the number of people working and learning from home this year.

Apple's iPhone Game of the Year was open world RPG Genshin Impact, which allows players to explore a huge game world filled with colorful monsters and earthshaking titans. The iPad Game of the Year was Legends of Runeterra, a collectible card game set in the League of Legends universe.

Apple also selected winners for Mac App of the Year, Mac Game of the Year, Apple TV App of the Year, and more.
  • Mac Game of the Year - Detective role-playing game Disco Elysium
  • Mac App of the Year - Calendar app Fantastical
  • Apple TV App of the Year - Streaming service Disney+
  • Apple TV Game of the Year - Adventure platformer Dandara Trials of Fear
  • Apple Watch App of the Year - Soundscape and meditation app Endel
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year - Stealth game Sneaky Sasquatch
Apple also highlighted several apps that were part of the 2020 trend of "helpfulness," helping users to get the "daily self-care they needed." App picks in this category include classroom app Everything Whiteboard, kid-friendly chat app Caribu, Pokémon Go, charity app ShareTheMeal, and meditation app Shine.

Apple's Phil Schiller said that Apple in 2020 saw "remarkable efforts" from so many developers in 2020.
"This year, more than ever before, some of our most creative and connected moments happened in apps. This was thanks to the amazing work of developers who introduced fresh, helpful app experiences throughout the year," said Phil Schiller, Apple Fellow. "Around the world, we saw remarkable efforts from so many developers, and these Best of 2020 winners are 15 outstanding examples of that innovation. From helping us stay fit and mindful, to keeping our children's education on track, to helping fight hunger, their impact was meaningful to so many of us."
Each winner will receive a physical App Store Best of 2020 award, which is the first time an actual physical award has been provided to developers. Awards feature the App Store logo set into 100 percent recycled aluminum with the name of the winner engraved on the other side.

All of the apps can be downloaded from the iOS and macOS App Stores, which feature banners highlighting all of the top app picks.

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richinaus

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the abomination of SeeSaw that made my and my sons life everyday a challenge is in the top 20. obviously these lists are due to popularity rather than quality.
 
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LeadingHeat

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Interestingly, Android Authority picked Disney+ over Apple TV+ as well:
That’s interesting? Disney+ has a gargantuous backlog library to pull from. Apple TV+ is carefully selected brand new shows/movies (mostly). Definitely quality over quantity. While they’re both technically streaming services, I don’t see them as being in the same league.

Plus, did you really expect ANDROID authority to choose anything Apple as superior?
 
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makitango

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Zoom??? This is where the privacy and security is severely compromised?
I was rolling eyes there as well. On almost every platform they had security issues, from claiming true End-to-End encryption when there was none (and hosting potentially, uhm, confidential corporate data on questionable servers), on Mac trying to „install“ the application in another user folder to evade password prompt and the application‘s coding feeling extremely bloated that our Ax processors had to carry the bad code so heavily it runs down the batteries in a sprint.
 
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Amacfa

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What a JOKE. Wake out seemed like a cool app, but is this what qualifies for “App of the year”?

a JOKE!

that app doesn’t work unless you pay for something that’s FREE? Lol
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alex00100

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Zoom is way worse on iPad than Mac. How is it considered good? Half the features are missing. I guess the rest of the considered apps were either even worse or competing with apples own apps?
 
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EdT

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Zoom??? This is where the privacy and security is severely compromised?

You have 10 family/friends and you want to connect to all of them for a get together of some type. 6 of them don’t have an Apple device. You can’t use FaceTime on any non Apple device so it isn’t an option.

Zoom is just the latest “most popular“ video conferencing software and may end up being next years Skype but it has one feature that outweighs all the security and reliability concerns: it works on every device that the 10 people you are connecting to use, while FaceTime only works with Apple.

When the only software options you have that can talk to everyone are all non Apple apps then a non Apple app is what you use.
 
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Zoom is just the latest “most popular“ video conferencing software and may end up being next years Skype but it has one feature that outweighs all the security and reliability concerns: it works on every device that the 10 people you are connecting to use, while FaceTime only works with Apple.
Not in China. In China instead of Zoom they use a Zoom clone (copyright of western products seem not to exist in China, but who knows what is really happening behind the great Chinese wall?) called McMeet, which looks identical down to the preferences pane, but is missing a few functions such as universal webcam driver integration, and I guess is not burdened by security.
 
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I agree with Zoom, and think, that Disney+ is also a joke. The controls within the App, e.g. for skipping or fast forward are implemented in on of the worst ways I can imagine. Best of all, it stops playback with an error message if you hit the "wrong" button on your remote.
 
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LeadingHeat

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New Apple TV?? ;)
 

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Nothing against the developer of Wakeout but that looks like an app that would be in a coding tutorial, it's that simple. There's nothing interesting or special about it. I just pictures of people doing exercises at their desks, that's it. I don't know of anyone, anywhere that tried this app.

All these picks just indicate that Apple had a theme they wanted to push this year and they only searched for apps that fit that theme, whether they were good or not.
 
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