These are the winners of the App Store Awards 2021

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Apple has been presenting the App Store Awards for about a decade, an annual list of the ‘best’ apps and games for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch. Usually these are relative newcomers to the App Store, who have made special use of Apple technologies such as ARKit, or who have received special attention in some other way. But in 2021 Apple has opted for an old-timer: app maker Toca Boca has been around for more than ten years and has since released more than forty apps for children. They are going to take home the most important award, ‘iPhone app of the year’. Apple praised the award winner for “continuing to masterfully reinvent children's play and self-expression” even after ten years.

Here are the main winners:

Apps:

  • iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, by Toca Boca
  • iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, by LumaTouch
  • Mac App of the Year: Craft, by Luki Labs Limited
  • Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN, by DAZN Group
  • Apple Watch App by the year: Carrot Weather, by Grailr

Games:

  • iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift, by Riot Games
  • iPad Game of the Year: MARVEL Future Revolution , by Netmarble Corporation
  • Mac Game of the Year: Myst, by Cyan
  • Apple TV Game of the Year:: “Space Marshals 3, by Pixelbite
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year:: Fantasian, by Mistwalker

The full list can be found in Apple's press release.

Apple also praised other winners, such as Carrot Weather, which is a direct competitor to its own Weather app, and Dark Sky, which Apple previously acquired. Apple may want to show that it is also open to competing apps, now that the company is increasingly under fire. Apple recommended LumaFusion as a video editing app, while in-house has iMovie and Final Cut Pro. And the word processor Craft has been praised for its efficiency and artistry, while competing with Pages.

Trend of the Year: Connection
In addition to the ‘best’ apps and games for your Apple devices, Apple has also identified a trend. This is a development that had a major impact on people's lives. This year it's easy to choose: we are less likely to meet up due to lockdowns and COVID restrictions, and the trend for 2021 is, according to Apple, 'Connection'. The winners brought people together in meaningful ways, socially, personally and professionally.

  • Among Us! (game), by Innersloth
  • Bumble (dating), by Bumble Inc.
  • Canva, by Canva
  • EatOkra, by Anthony Edwards Jr. and Janique Edwards
  • Peanut, by Peanut App Limited

The winners will receive a physical App Store award, which resembles the blue App Store icon in the image. It is made from 100% recycled aluminum that is also used to make MacBooks and other Apple products. The winner's name is engraved on the back.

Most downloaded apps of 2021

In addition, Apple has released a list of the most downloaded apps. That list varies from country to country. For the Netherlands, the list of most popular apps has not yet been announced, but in the US it is the (not very surprising) top 5:

Top free iPhone apps:

  • TikTok
  • YouTube
  • Instagram
  • Snapchat
  • Facebook

Top paid iPhone apps:

  • Procreate Pocket
  • HotSchedules
  • The Wonder Weeks
  • TouchRetouch
  • Facetune

Top Free iPhone Games:

  • Among Us!
  • Roblox
  • Project Makeover
  • Call of Duty: Mobile
  • Subway Surfers

Top Paid iPhone Games:

  • Minecraft
  • Heads Up!
  • Bloons TD 6
  • Monopoly
  • Geometry Dash

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Top Free iPad Apps:

  • YouTube
  • ZOOM
  • Disney+
  • Netflix
  • TikTok

Top paid iPad apps:

  • Procreate
  • GoodNotes 5
  • Notability
  • Duet Display
  • Toca Kitchen 2

Top Free iPad Games:

  • Among Us!< /li>
  • Roblox
  • Project Makeover
  • Phone Case DIY
  • Subway Surfers

Top paid iPad- games:

  • Minecraft
  • Bloons TD 6
  • Geometry Dash
  • Monopoly
  • Five Nights at Freddy's

Top Apple Arcade games:

  • The Oregon Trail
  • NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  • Sneaky Sasquatch
  • Sonic Racing
  • SpongeBob: Patty Pur suit