In a world where film and tv content is more readily accessible than ever, you'd be forgiven for thinking that App culture had changed somewhat since the days when we first spent endless hours glued to Doodle Jump on our iPod Touches. Sure, you're still just as likely to see someone addicted to Candy Crush in 2019 as you were five years ago, but these days, it takes more than a five-star app to 'make it' in the tech world.
But as the Apple Store Best Of awards reveal each year, there's still a deep well of creativity to be tapped, with new apps dropping every year that redefine what we thought we could do with a run-of-the-mill smartphone. Now, Apple have released their favourite apps of 2019, and they're more mind-blowing than ever.
"Developers around the world inspire us all with innovative apps that have the power to influence culture and change our lives, and this year that is as true as ever. The 2019 App Store Best Apps and Games winners reflect our global desire for connection, creativity and fun," said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
"We are excited to announce such a diverse group of 2019 App Store winners, showing that great design and creativity comes from developers large and small, and from every corner of the world. We congratulate all the winners and thank them for making 2019 the best year yet for the App Store."
These were Apple's Apps of the year for 2019.
iPhone App of the Year: Spectre Camera (Lux Optics)
A camera app equipped with a "dizzying amount of tech", Spectre is the first camera app to allow anyone to take stunning long-exposure photos.
iPad App of the Year: Flow by Moleskine (Moleskine)
Putting one of Moleskine's famous notebooks on your iPad, Flow helps to channel your creativity by providing a canvas for notes, drawings and sketches with meticulous accuracy.
Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher (Serif Labs)
Redefining publishing on all levels, Affinity offers a groundbreaking mixture of usability and features to make professional-looking design easy for everyone.
Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (The Explorers Network)
The Explorers is an open platform for scientists to attempt somethng that seems so simple, and yet so difficult. Create an entire “visual inventory” of the natural world through photo and video.
iPhone Game of the Year: Sky: Children of the Light (thatgamecompany)
Designed as a 'social quest', Children of the Light allows players to team up and fly across sweeping landscapes to help celestial beings.
iPad Game of the Year: Hyper Light Drifter (Abylight S.L.)
"A dazzling, action-packed reimagining of classic 16-bit adventure games, “Hyper Light Drifter” blends dreamlike exploration with fight-for-your-life survival."
Mac Game of the Year: GRIS (Devolver / Nomada Studio)
Part puzzle-platformer, part-piece of visual art, GRIS uses satisfying gameplay to tell a poignant story that explores hope, grief and the triumph of piecing a life back together after tragic loss.
Apple TV Game of the Year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap (DotEmu)
Wonder Boy brings the '80s cult classic side-scroller back to life with dazzling hand-drawn animation.