Apple Design Awards 2015: The Best Apps You Should Download As An iPhone User

A total of 12 apps have won the annual prestigious award.

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Following Apple's keynote presentation on 9 June where the company announced iOS 9, OS X El Capitan, Apple Music among other new updates, comes a small scale awards show called the Design Awards where the company honours selected apps based on their work and design for the past year

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Every year at WWDC, Apple celebrates excellence in mobile and desktop software with the Apple Design Awards. Apple recognizes apps that demonstrate technical excellence, innovation and outstanding design to provide an immersive, fun, and compelling experience.

This year a total of 12 apps, ranging from educational to gaming, have won the awards. Check out the full list of winners below and get ready to download them!

Elementary Winner: A fast-paced quiz app that will test your knowledge in topics like maths and geography

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Elementary Winner developer, Klemens Strasser

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Elementary Minute is a simple and fast-paced quiz game… You will be confronted with different statements regarding topics like mathematics, famous people or geography. It is up to you to distinguish whether the statements are right or wrong by swiping up or down. There are two available game modes, the Classic mode, where you have one minute to get as many answers right as possible, and the Rush mode, where you have four lives and lose one each time you are to slow or get an answer wrong.

Developer: Klemens Strasser
Category: Games
Price: USD 0.99 (RM3.80)

Download Elementary Winner on iTunes

Jump-O: A hand-drawn minimalist game puzzle game where users play as a circle in a square world

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Jump-O developer, Gabrial Rotcha

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Jump-O is a minimalist game, with minimalist art, where you play as a circle in a square world. Jumping and moving at the right time, to avoid spikes and bullets, is the key to complete every single level.

Developer: Gabrial Rotcha
Category: Games
Price: Free

Download Jump-O on iTunes

Metamorphabet: An educational interactive alphabet game that bring alphabets to life with just a touch

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The concept of Metamorphabet is exceedingly simple. You go through the alphabet one letter at a time, tapping on a letter will cause it to animate in different ways. Tap the big green A once and it grows antlers, tap it again and it morphs into an arch. Once more and that arch starts to amble along, before moving you on to the letter B. The interactions and animations are charming and intuitive: it's fun just to watch things happen.

Developer: Vector Park Inc
Category: Educational
Price: USD 3.99 (RM 15)

Download Metamorphabet on iTunes

Vainglory: A mobile multiplayer game with crystal clear graphics and life-like animations

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SuperEvil Megacorp developers

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Getting a MOBA -- a genre known for hectic online multiplayer experiences -- right on mobile is a tricky thing to do, yet that's precisely what Vainglory has done, thanks to a team that includes veteran developers from Riot (League of Legends) and Blizzard (World of Warcraft). Aside from some absolutely stunning, top-notch graphics, it offers some genuinely riveting competitive gameplay.

Developer: Super Evil Megacorp
Category: Games
Price: Free

Download Vainglory on iTunes

Does Not Commute: An addictive driving game with interesting traffic scenarios

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Does Not Commute developers

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Does Not Commute is split up into several different levels that consist of 10 or more parts in each. Players need to complete these one-by-one and in chronological order, so while it starts off pretty easy, things get difficult quickly. You start by controlling one car with the directional buttons, getting the driver from their starting point to the end point that is shown on the map. Then the next step will be to control another car, but it takes place at the same time as the car before it (temporal paradox). The process needs to be repeated for all drivers in that area.

Developer: Mediocre AB
Category: Games
Price: Free

Download Does not commute on iTunes

Crossy Road: A classic looking arcade game with interesting characters to choose from

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Hipster whale developers

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Crossy Road launched late last year for mobile devices and is now available for iOS and Android. A new spin on Frogger, Crossy Road challenges players to dodge traffic and more in an attempt to reach the other side of the road. Your adventure usually ends, however, in getting splattered by a car or destroyed by a train.

Developers: Hipster Whale Ltd
Category: Games
Price: Free

Download Crossy Road on iTunes

Shadowmatic: An imaginative puzzle game that requires users to match rotating objects with shadows

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Triada Studio developers

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Shadowmatic is an imagination stirring puzzle where you rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows, relevant to the surrounding environment. The game combines stunning visuals with relaxing and captivating gameplay. On your journey to discover the right solution you will stumble upon many unexpected and infinitely varied silhouettes.

Developer: Triada Studio
Category: Games
Price: USD 2.99 (RM 11)

Download Shadowmatic on iTunes

Pacemaker: Pacemaker is music editing app for DJs to mix and match tracks on the go

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Pacemaker AB developers

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Pacemaker Music AB is a slick new music player that allows you to easily create your own customized DJ mixes with iTunes or Spotify. If you’ve ever wanted your own personal DJ to carry around in your pocket (or wear on your wrist), then Pacemaker is the best app to do it with.

Developer: Pacemaker Music AB
Category: Music
Price: Free

Download Pacemaker on iTunes

Robinhood: First of its kind, Robinhood is a stock trading app that allows users to trade stocks for free

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Robinhood Markets developers

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The online brokerage space just got more crowded with the launch of the Robinhood app for iOS. Robinhood aims to spur millennial investing with $0 trades. Billing itself as “a stock brokerage built with the needs of a new generation in mind,” Robinhood lets traders buy and sell individual stocks for $0 a trade. In doing so, the company hopes to capitalize on the vast, largely untapped market of would-be millennial investors.

Developer: Robinhood Markets
Category: Finance
Price: Free

Download Robinhood on iTunes

Affinity Designer: Affinity Design is a high-performance program that offers flexibility and integration for different design usage

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Affinity Designer is a vector-design app that’s been created specifically for the Mac and OS X. It offers smooth panning and zooming, and more than 1,000,000 percent zoom, so you can close in on the finest detail without a loss in quality.

Developer: Serif (Europe)
Category: Design
Price: USD 39.99 (RM150)

Download Affinity Design on iTunes

Fantastical 2: A user friendly calendar app with clean aesthetics and design

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Developer: Flexibits Inc
Category: Productivity
Price: USD 39.99 (RM150)

Download Fantastical 2 at iTunes

Workflow: An automation tool that connects and integrate all actions into one place

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Deskconnect Inc developers

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Workflow lets you create automated workflows based on actions in an interface that's inspired by Apple's Automator and Ole Zorn's work on Editorial. Actions take input and generate output, and they're connected in a vertical flow that is run from top to bottom to execute multiple tasks in rapid succession. Workflow can show native UIs such as alerts and lists, it lets you enter manual input with the keyboard, and, like Editorial, is based on a variable system to use different pieces of data across actions in a workflow.

Developer: DeskConnect Inc
Category: Productivity
Price: USD 2.99 (RM 11)

Download Workflow on iTunes

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