updated 12:53 am EDT, Tue June 11, 2013
Cloud app Evernote gets nod; Student winners include Finish and Mosaic
The Apple Design Awards for 2013 for iOS apps have been announced through a web page and a a series of tweets from Apple's @AppStore account. Among the winners are cloud productivity tool Evernote, word game Letterpress and Yahoo Weather -- the latter largely upstaged earlier in the day by the new default weather app in iOS 7, which strongly resembles the Yahoo app in style and function. A number of other companies also won Apple Design Awards, as well as two student entries that won student ADAs.
The two student-designed apps were to-do organizer Finish and Mosaic, an app that lets multiple iOS devices act as one big screen. Other winners included Panic's Coda 2; games Badland, Ridiculous Fishing and SkyGamblers; iPad sketching program Procreate, and educational and environmental app WWF Together.
Letterpress is a wordplay game from former Apple designer Loren Brichter, and like Yahoo Weather gives current users a taste of the style prevalent in iOS 7, which is to be released later this year. Evernote, which has long been a "best of" awarded app and popular seller in the App Store, received the nod for its ongoing efforts at redesigning and reinventing itself to be increasingly useful to its customers.
On its web page saluting the winners, Apple also showcased three other student-created apps that allowed their creators to win tickets to WWDC. The students came from Chicago, New York and the Netherlands, with brief bios and descriptions of the created apps. All three young developers have already launched apps on the App Store, and range in age from 13 to 19 years old.