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Apple shortlists what it thinks are some of the best apps and games for 2024

Apple Design Awards Finalists 2024

Apple has shared the list of the Apple Design Awards finalists for the year 2024. It's a ceremony held during the World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) every year, where the company picks winners to "recognize innovation, ingenuity, and technical achievement in app and game design."

Over the years, Apple has shortlisted apps and games built for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The company has added a new category called Spatial Computing to showcase apps and games optimized for its $3,499 headset Apple Vision Pro.

This year's design awards are divided into seven categories: Delight And Fun, Inclusivity, Innovation, Interaction, Social Impact, Visuals and Graphics, and Spatial Computing. Here are apps and games shortlisted for each of these categories:

Delight and Fun

  • Apps: Dudel Draw, Bears Gratitude, Rooms
  • Games: WHAT THE CAR?, NYT Games, Hello Kitty Island Adventure


  • Apps: oko, Complete Anatomy 2024, Tiimo
  • Games: Unpacking, Quadline, Crayola Adventures


  • Apps: Copilot Money, SmartGym, Procreate Dreams
  • Games: Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile, Lost in Play, Wavelength


  • Apps: Procreate Dreams, Arc Search, Crouton
  • Games: Little Nightmares, Rytmos, finity.

Social Impact

  • Apps: How We Feel, Ahead: Emotions Coach, Gentler Streak Fitness Tracker
  • Games: The Wreck, Cityscapes: Sim Builder, The Bear

Visual and Graphics

  • Apps: Sunlitt, Meditate, Rooms
  • Games: DEATH STRANDING DIRECTOR'S CUT, Lies of P, Honkai: Star Rail

Spatial Computing

  • Apps: Sky Guide, NBA, djay
  • Games: Synth Riders, Blackbox, Loóna: Cozy Puzzle Games

Apple will reveal the winners in each category next month at the WWDC 2024, where it will also talk about new updates coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and more. Apple is expected to introduce AI-powered features for iOS 18 such as custom emojis, AI transcription, and updates to Safari and Siri.

Attempting to rival the likes of ChatGPT and Gemini, the Cupertino giant is in talks with OpenAI to bring its AI features to iPhone. Moreover, it was reported that the first set of Apple's AI features may run locally on the iPhone.

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