With another year coming to a close, the editors at Apple have weighed in on their favorite apps and games of 2019. Top picks include titles designed for the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and more. For this year's awards, games were given their own category. Apple also designated "Storytelling Simplified" as the App Trend of 2019. The trend cited apps which help the creators of podcasts, novels, and photo collages tell stories in their own voices.
iPhone App of the Year - Spectre Camera
Spectre Camera ($2.99) from Lux Optics took top honors this year. Spectre uses a variety of technologies including AI Stabilization, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision to capture incredible long exposure images. Not only can Spectre automatically detect a scene and stabilize a hand-held long exposure, it takes hundreds of shots over the span of a few seconds. The app can erase crowds or cars from a crowded location, capture light trails at night, and make flowing water look like a painting. All of this is packed into a beautifully designed interface for devices running iOS 12 and later. For the best experience, Lux Optics recommends an iPhone 8 or later.
Other apps of the year include:
- iPad App of the Year: Flow (Free) from Moleskine
- Apple TV App of the Year: The Explorers (Free with In-App Purchases) from The Explorers Network
- Mac App of the Year: Affinity Publisher ($34.99) from Pro Desktop Publishing
iPhone Game of the Year - Sky: Children of the LightThe creators of Journey, the 2013 Game of the Year have taken the crown again. Sky: Children of the Light (Free with In-App Purchases) from Fly with Friends offers an enchanting world with beautiful animations. Players can explore seven realms with others from around the world. Teams can go adventuring and uncover treasures in this unique social RPG with an ever-expanding world.
- iPad Game of the Year: Hyper Light Drifter ($4.99) from Heart Machine
- Apple TV Game of the Year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap ($7.99) from DotEmu
- Mac Game of the Year: GRIS ($9.99) from Devolver
Apple calls "Blockbusters Reimagined" the Game Trend of 2019. Apple recognized several popular titles as driving this trend, such as Minecraft Earth, Dr. Mario World, and Call of Duty: Mobile among others.