Originally published December 2 on the App Store Today tab.
For over a decade, we’ve taken a moment at the end of the year to celebrate the very best apps and games on the App Store. We’ve heralded the work of individual self-taught developers as well as huge international teams.
With so many wonderful apps on the App Store, selecting just 15 award winners has been no easy task. As always, we put a focus on technical innovation, user experience, and design. Then we considered the impact these apps had on our lives.
Some helped us learn, others enhanced our work, and one even let us save the world as our favorite superheroes. It’s our honor to celebrate this year’s winners.
iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World
An interactive playground that continues to invent fun new ways for kids to explore, all while teaching self-expression and emotional growth with a refreshingly inclusive world of characters anyone can relate to.
iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift
A landmark MOBA that transforms one of the world’s most popular and competitive PC games into a mobile experience everyone can enjoy.
iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion
This easy-to-use video editor for both professional and aspiring creators gives you precision storytelling tools to make your feature-length films and social media videos truly cinematic.
iPad Game of the Year: Marvel Future Revolution
A superhero brawler that makes everyone the star of their own cutting-edge superhero story, set against a backdrop of stunning graphics and exciting battles.
Mac App of the Year: Craft
A versatile note-taking app, word processor, and personal documents organizer all in one that makes productivity as intuitive, fun, and stylish as you are.
Mac Game of the Year: Myst
A remake that’s the most stunning version yet of one the most fascinating worlds in gaming history.
Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather
A best-in-class weather app with helpful customizations, built-in watch faces, and, of course, that satirical robot named Carrot, who laughs at us all.
Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN
A streaming app that simplifies the often challenging process of watching sports live and on demand, while serving up the best local games and matches to fans around the world.
Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3
A space western with tense, tactical combat that’s even more gripping when played on the big screen.
Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian
An epic that brings us back to the golden age of role-playing with an incredible art style and a fantastic soundtrack.
Trend of 2021: Apps that brought us together
Among Us! Connecting friends (and impostors!) all over the world through a wildly popular social game of whodunit.
Canva Connecting us to our own entrepreneurial spirit with collaborative design tools and thousands of templates to make everything from your résumé to social media posts sparkle.
Peanut Connecting women experiencing life milestones—from pregnancy to menopause and every moment in between.
Bumble Connecting users to social hubs for making friends, professional networking, and, of course, finding someone special, and it all grew from a women-powered shift in the dating dynamic.
EatOkra Connecting communities to Black-owned restaurants and food services with an innovative online marketplace, creating an invaluable guide to cities across the U.S.
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