Apps are now an integral part of our daily life, and have now become a phenomenon of pop culture as well as digital. Every day we use so many that it is even hard to track, and every day thousands of new ones arrive on the various stores. Like every year, Apple ranks the best applications, belonging to various categories – from productivity to multimedia to networking and entertainment, for its platform that appeared in the last 365 days.
IPhone app of the year: Specter Camera (Lux Optics)
It is a photography app that uses artificial intelligence to optimize long exposure shots. It significantly improves the long exposure functionality of the pre-installed camera.
IPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)
A digital agenda-notebook that fully exploits the integration between iPad and Apple Pencil. The typically Moleskine design and the many editing tools bring the mind back to the times when paper was irreplaceable.
Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)
It’s a desktop publishing app that moves away a bit from the classic canons of the segment, which also becomes popular thanks to the Mac in the 80s. Very simple to use and to integrate into complex workflows.
Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)
A visual “Wiki” for nature, realized as a “visual inventory” of the natural world through photos and videos, like a sort of documentary always updated.
Among the best games of 2019, for iPhone there is Sky: Children of the Light (thatgamecompany) and for iPad Hyper Light Drifter (Abylight S.L.), both action adventures. On Mac it wins GRIS (Devolver / Nomada Studio), a high quality art-game, while on Apple TV it triumphs the return of a great Sega classic, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (DotEmu). The number one on Apple Arcade is Sayonara Wild Hearts (Simogo), perhaps the most beautiful of all this year’s winners.
But 2019 is also an opportunity to introduce the Apple Music Awards, a prize composed of a silicon wafer suspended between a polished glass plate and an anodized aluminum body. At the center, a real chip, as a symbol of the technological carrier that brings music to millions of devices in the world. In short, a real Apple Grammy from Cupertino, which for the first edition of its award elects Billie Eilish as artist of the year, Lizzo as the most significant debut and “Old Town road” by Lil Nas X as a 2019 piece. The inauguration of the Apple Music Award will be celebrated with a special performance by Billie Eilish at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, also broadcast live in the world on December 4 at 18:30 PST.