Apple has made official the winning apps of the Apple Design Awards 2021.
This year’s edition also includes six new award categories that recognize development teams from around the world for their talents in innovation, visual effects, interaction, fun, inclusion and social impact.
“The apps and games that won this year’s Apple Design Awards have redefined what is expected of a great experience, and we congratulate the development teams on their well-deserved victory.Said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “The work of these teams embodies the essential role apps and games play in the daily lives of all of us, and are perfect examples of our new six prize categories.“.
The award-winning apps and games in this category offer an optimal user experience for all people, regardless of the language they speak and their origins and abilities.
It is a text-to-speech app that reads text from any digital source aloud, be it a PDF, a web page or an ebook, in more than twenty languages. Its adaptive features and high level of customization of settings allow each user to choose a voice with the optimum tone, timbre, accent and speed.
The game supports a variety of accessibility features, including options for motor control, text size and contrast, audio, and intensity of visual effects. Thanks to ad hoc interactions and careful considerations, the gaming experience can be lived and perceived in various ways.
The apps and games that have triumphed in this category offer memorable, engaging and satisfying experiences, powered by Apple technologies.
Pok Pok Playroom is a fun app that captivates the user with its thoughtful design and fascinating interactions. Thanks to vibrations and sound effects, the app gives hours of fun to boys and girls of all ages, while rewarding creativity and experimentation.
It is a platformer that offers easy controls, excellent storytelling and a console-style experience in a simple and straightforward game. Through the great variety of its levels, it presents an ingenious surprise at every corner while maintaining a light style thanks to the comedy of the dialogues.
The apps and games that have triumphed in this category offer intuitive interfaces and simple controls tailored to the platform on which they are used.
This app is known for its humorous weather forecast and original images. A recent design update added simplicity to versions for Apple platforms. With witty weather projections, a solid set of customizable widgets, and a collection of helpful watch faces, the app offers plenty of entertainment.
Bird Alone’s exploratory interactions are a mix of gestures, haptic feedback, parallax and dynamic sound effects that enrich his world. The game comes to life with ingenious integration of notifications, graphics and music that change according to the actual weather, season and time.
The apps and games that have won in this category improve the user’s life significantly and shed light on issues
This app allows blind and visually impaired people to identify objects by matching them with volunteers from all over the world using the camera of their device. The app supports over 300,000 blind and visually impaired users and has more than 4.5 million volunteers in over 150 countries who speak more than 180 languages.
The story revolves around a nature reserve threatened by the city that wants to build a hotel there: Alba saves wildlife, repairs the bridge in the reserve and cleans it of waste. This game demonstrates the positivity of respecting the environment, while telling a story of family, community, activism and kindness. For each download of the game, a tree is planted to support a reforestation project in Madagascar.
Images and graphics
The apps and games that have triumphed in this category feature stunning visuals, expertly designed user interfaces, and high-quality animations serving a unique and coherent theme.
Loóna offers animated sleep accompaniment sessions that combine relaxing activities, storytelling and ambient sounds. Every aspect of the interface (type, color, animation and 3D content) has been precisely developed to create a relaxing experience.
The combat scenes and immense panoramas of “Genshin Impact’s” push the visual frontiers of mobile games. Motion blur, shadow quality and frame rate can be configured on the fly as the user annihilates slime monsters, conjures earthquakes, hurls flashes of light, or drives the wind to reinforce flames and snowstorms.
The apps and games that have triumphed in this category offer a first-rate experience through an innovative use of Apple technologies that makes them one of a kind.
NaadSadhana is a professional quality music app that helps female artists of all genres and levels to play and release their music without limits and boundaries. After the first version meant to practice singing Indian music classics, NaadSadhana has been expanded and now supports seven different musical genres. And with the help of AI and Core ML, the app listens to the user as they improvise a vocal line, provide instant feedback on note accuracy, and generate a matching backing track – all in real time.
This game brings the gaming experience of the complex PC version to the mobile device. The Riot Games team has redesigned this beloved game from the ground up, allowing the user to fully immerse themselves in the universe of the League of Legends using touch controls created specifically for mobile devices, an automatic targeting system to help beginners move the first ones steps, camera settings unique to mobile and much more.
In addition to the physical Apple Design Award, this year’s winners and winners will receive a package that includes hardware that will allow them to continue building apps and games.