Yahoo's Weather app, Evernote, and the game Letterpress have all been called out this week by Apple as some of the best looking and most innovative apps available for iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers.
The Cupertino-based firm has announced the winners of its annual Design Awards, which recognise iOS and Mac Apps that "raise the bar in design, technology, and innovation." Eleven apps can say they are among (Apple's notion of) the best of the best this year.
You might already be familiar with some of the 2013 Apple Design Award winners, like Yahoo Weather, which earned high praise from users since its April launch, but others might not be on your radar.
WWF Together, for instance, is an iPad app created by the World Wildlife Fund that "lets you experience the world's most amazing animals," with beautiful high-resolution imagery, Apple said. If you're feeling creative, the iPad app Procreate is described as "a complete art studio at your fingertips" that offers a range of pencils, inks, and brushes to make your vision comes to life.
Like Letterpress, several other winners are games, including Badland, Ridiculous Fishing, and Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders. Finally, two of the winning apps, Finish. and mosaic.io were made by student developers.
Finish., created by high school students Ryan Orbuch and Michael Hansen, is a task manager designed to help students "overcome the clutches of procrastination," according to the App Store description. Apple said the Finish. app makes use of numerous iOS technologies, integrates with social media sites, and looks great on a Retina display.
Mosaic.io, meanwhile, was created by MIT students Ishaan Gulrajani and Alex List with University of Pittsburgh student Zain Shah, all self-taught iOS developers. The app "magically connects multiple devices into one big display to view photos, share files, and more," according to the App Store description.
Speaking of students, Apple also highlighted three scholarship winners, who were asked to develop an app to describe their experience and background.
The winners are: Louis Harboe, a 17-year-old student; Bryan Keller, a 19-year-old student; and Puck Meerbug, a 13-year-old who lives in Delft, Netherlands and taught himself to program at the age of six.