The best apps 2021 for iOS

As every year, the Apple Design Awards have awarded the best apps fore iOS out there, here are what they are for each category.


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Peppe Croce, journalist since 2008, deals with electronic devices and new technologies applied to the automotive world. He joined Libero Tecnologia in 2018.

Also in 2021, Apple has chosen the best 12 apps dedicated to Cupertino's mobile operating system, iOS. As they do every year, the Apple Design Awards sought to recognize the efforts of those involved in the industry in creating software that stood out for high-level features, becoming a true example for the developer community.

During the event, Susan Prescott, the company's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations, emphasized the importance of the award-winning apps for their impact on the users who, every day, use them out of necessity or to spend carefree time. "This year's Apple Design Award winners have redefined what is expected of a great app experience and we congratulate them on their well-deserved win. The work of these developers embodies the essential role that apps and games play in our daily lives, and they serve as perfect examples of our six new award categories."

Inclusion, Fun and Interaction

There are six types of awards, then, each dedicated to a distinctive aspect of apps. First is Inclusion, thanks to its ability to support people with different personal histories, different abilities and languages. The best app proved to be Voce Dream Reader, by Voice Dream LLC (USA), a text-to-speech application capable of reading many types of sources while also choosing the tone and timbre of the voice, among the customizations. Among the games, HoloVista by Aconite (USA), also rich in features that allow the game to be adapted to the user's needs.

In the Entertainment section, instead, the most interesting ones are Pok Pok Playroom by Pok Pok (Belgium), suitable for children of all ages with engaging interactions, and Little Orpheus by The Chinese Room (UK), for storytelling and funny language. The Carrot Weather app by Brian Mueller and Grailr LLC (US), featuring fun weather forecasts and customizable widgets, and the Bird Alone game by George Batchelor (Canada), with its gestures, parallax effects and haptic feedback, took the top spot in Interaction, for its controls and intuitive interfaces.

Social Impact, Visual and Graphics and Innovation

For Social Impact, a category that aims to improve the lives of users, the winners were the Be My Eyes app, from S/I Be My Eyes (Denmark), an app that helps blind or visually impaired people identify objects through volunteer and camera support, and the Alba game from ustwo games (UK), a game based on the values of family, community and kindness that donates a tree per game downloaded.

In Visual and Graphics, the best were the Loóna apps by Loóna Inc (Belarus), for its animated and relaxing panoramas, and the Genshin Impact game by miHoYo Limited (China) for its breathtaking battle scenes and quality details. The last section was Innovation, with NaadSadhana by Sandeep Ranade (India), a music app that allows users to perform and publish their music without borders, and League of Legends: Wild Rift by Riot Games (USA), for having been able to transport a complex PC game onto mobile devices while preserving the emotions experienced by the player.