12 apps that just won Apple’s most prestigious design award

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Apple revealed the winners of its prestigious Design Awards in a small ceremony at its annual conference on Wednesday.

These awards go to apps that Apple likes because they’re new, useful, or particularly beautiful. It’s one of the biggest awards that Apple gives to its app developers.

Unlike Apple’s end-of-year awards list, these apps often aren’t super popular yet, and usually take advantage of new Apple capabilities or highlight emerging trends in app design.

Sometimes, Apple even buys the companies behind apps that have won these awards.

Here are this year’s winners. We’ll start with the apps then move onto the games:


Lake, a beautiful coloring app that works well with Apple’s stylus, Pencil

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Price: Free, but with in-app purchases.


Bear, an elegant note-taking app

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Price: Free, but the pro version is a $14.99 annual subscription.


Kitchen Stories, a beautiful cooking app that Apple CEO Tim Cook likes

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Price: Free with in-app purchases.


Here’s what it looks like on an Apple TV:

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Things 3, a fully-featured to-do list and productivity system

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Price: $9.99.


Elk, a beautiful currency conversion app with an Apple Watch version

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Clean Shaven Apps

Price: Free for 14 days. Full version is a $3.99 in-app purchase.


Enlight, a high-performance photo editor for iPhones

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Price: $3.99.


AirMail 3, an email client with Siri support

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Price: $3.99 for iPhone, $9.99 for Mac.


Blackbox, a beautiful puzzle game

Price: Free.


Splitter Critters, a puzzle game for kids and adults

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Price: $2.99.


Mushroom 11, a dark and beautiful platforming game

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Price:$4.99.


Old Man’s Journey, an adventure game best on iPad

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Broken Rules

Price: $4.99.


Severed, an intense sword-fighting game.

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Price: $2.99.