2012 Apple Design Award Winners Announced

Apple today announced the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards at WWDC. Winning developers receive a MacBook Air, an iPad, an iPod touch, and the Apple Design Award cube trophy as well as a special ADA lanyard.

For apps to be eligible for ADA nomination, they must be distributed via the Mac or iOS App Store. This year's winners come from a range of genres, encompassing everything from games to education to art to music:

iPhone

Jetpack Joyride
National Parks by National Geographic
Where’s my Water?

NewImageiPad

Paper
Bobo Explores Light
DM1 the Drum Machine

Mac

DeusEx: Human Revolution
Sketch
Limbo

Student

Little Star
daWindci

Apple has included additional information about the apps and what made them stand out on the Apple Design Awards page.

Two years ago, as part of the focus on iOS at WWDC 2010, Apple did not include Mac applications in the Apple Design Awards competition. With OS X again playing a prominent role Apple's lineup and the Mac App Store gaining momentum, Mac applications returned to the ballot in 2011.

ADA winners in 2011 included Cut the Rope, Pixelmator and djay.

Top Rated Comments

dejo Avatar
133 months ago
Congratulations to all the winners!
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Unggoy Murderer Avatar
133 months ago
Paper absolutely deserved the award, fantastic App. Congrats to the other winners too, certainly something to be very proud of! :D
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Moonjumper Avatar
133 months ago
I can't stop playing Jetpack Joyride. Nice to see it win.
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Pakaku Avatar
133 months ago
Interesting list, but is there anything particularly Mac-like about Deus Ex? Or are the ADAs just another token gesture ceremony Apple uses to vaguely signal its intents and desires, i.e. "We want all big game developers to do stuff for the Mac [and hope it runs on Intel HD Graphics 4000 [or worse]]".

As long as it's on one of Apple's stores, I guess it's valid for the award?
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PlaceofDis Avatar
133 months ago
no tweetbot? shame

i'm a little surprised by that too. but i'm glad that Jetpack Joyride is on there. fun, simple game.
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apps1991 Avatar
133 months ago
Deus Ex: Human Revolution has won a 2012 Apple Design Award. Well-deserved.
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