Apple Design Award winners named at WWDC

Showcase highlights student- and pro-made applications

As it does every year, Apple has announced the winners of the 2016 Apple Design Awards for student and professional apps made for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS -- the first year that all four platforms offered awards. An emphasis this year was on apps that were compatible with multiple languages as well as being accessibility-friendly. One student-made app, Dividr, was already available on the iOS App Store, and offers a twist on the rapid-runner scenario by allowing the character to be split into two that can be controlled independently to help pass more blocks and gather more coins. Among the other honorees were creative writing tool Ulysses for Mac (and now iOS), video collaboration app for iOS, and music creation app djay Pro for iPad.

The games recognized included additional student winner Linum, a free puzzle game; Chameleon Run, a game that mixes autorunning with color change challenges for iOS and Apple TV; Lara Croft Go for iPhone, another variation of the famous puzzle adventure heroine, and pinball game INKS for iOS. Applications included Streaks, a to-do app for iPhone and Apple Watch that rewards repeating good practices until they become habits; the aforementioned djay Pro (for iPad and Mac) as well as Auxy Music Creation for the iPad only; health and fitness app Zova for iPhone, Apple TV, and Apple Watch; and 3D4Medical Complete Anatomy for iPad.

Apple has set up a web page for the ADA winners, including descriptions of the apps, photos of the developers and WWDC, and links on how to obtain the programs from the various App Stores.

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