Apple unveiled on Tuesday (4) the list of the best iPhone and iPad (iOS) apps of the year during WWDC 2019, the company's developer conference in California until June 7. The award selects the apps that stand out in three areas: visual design, technology and innovation. Winners take home not just a trophy, but also an Apple product package, which includes devices like iPhone XS, Apple TV 4K and MacBook Pro. Apps will also be featured on the App Store, gaining more exposure.
Of the nine apps chosen this year, more than half are linked to the gaming industry. One of them is the Ordia, which explores an alien landscape with simple and innovative gameplay. Other areas covered by the award were creativity, with the Moleskine application for annotations and artwork; and medical assistance with Butterlfy iQ, an ultrasound app. See the full list below:
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Developed in England by Loju LTD, Ordia is a paid game that combines a smart gameplay concept with rich visuals. As an incipient life form, the player must explore his world in an alien landscape. Although it has dozens of levels, the game is simple to play and only requires a few basic commands. The innovation may be precisely in this and the different and captivating look.
Application developed for drawings, notes and sketches, Flow takes its name from the famous brand of notebooks Moleskine and was chosen for its attention to detail. Developed in Italy, the free app has as its differential its design and variety of options. In addition, the app highlights some Apple technologies, such as Apple Pencil, gestures, iOS drawing APIs, and Metal.
The innovation of The Gardens Between is that the player controls the passage of time and not the characters in the story. Made in Australia, the app is paid for and, over time, has as its main themes memory and friendship, as it is about the story of two best friends and how their relationship changes over the years. The game would already be worth it for the graphics, but the sweet narrative can also conquer the users.
The Gardens Between is on Apple's best apps list Photo: Divulgao / The Voxel Agents
Developed by Gameloft in France, Asphalt 9: Legends is part of a famous racing game series that has lasted over a decade. The new version of the game offers beautiful graphics, interesting speed and gameplay that push hardware to the limit. Like previous editions, Asphalt 9 is deep for advanced players, but easy enough to win new users. The free app on the App Store.
The only photo editing app on the list, Pixelmator Photo produced in Lithuania. Its differential combines advanced features, such as RAW editing, with simple tools that can be used by beginners. With beautiful and organized interface, the app even offers machine-powered editing tools. Pixelmator Photo is paid and available for both iPhone and iPad.
Apple Names Best iPhone Apps of the Year at WWDC 2019 Photo: Divulgao / Pixelmator Team
The ELOH game, developed in Austria, combines mobile blocks with music. The goal is to move the blocks to help the balls jump from point A to point B, but with the aid of rhythm and percussion. Rearranging the blocks builds a smooth beat that adds a new dimension. ELOH's hand-painted visuals and charming animations mask his level of difficulty. The combination of music with elegant graphics was the innovation that brought the list app.
7. Butterfly iQ Ultrasound
Innovative the right resume for Butterfly iQ. Developed in the United States, the app is suitable for ultrasound examination anywhere on the body. When coupled with a compatible device, the application allows for mobile ultrasound. Your images can be uploaded to a secure cloud for remote review by a medical professional. While simple enough to be handled by a layman, the application is sophisticated enough to evolve through machine learning. Butterfly iQ is free and offers an organized interface that can be operated with one hand.
Butterfly iQ Ultrasound is on Apple's best apps list Photo: Divulgao / Butterfly Network
8. Thumper: Pocket Edition
A heavy-metal rhythm game: this is the definition of the Thumper Pocket Edition. Paid app developed in the United States, the game has a simple idea. Just click on the screen to keep your metal beetle in an elegant and chrome track. The innovation is in the combination of 80's neon with a characteristic electronic beat and smooth gameplay.
9. HomeCourt – The Basketball App
HomeCourt is a US-developed basketball app that has come to revolutionize the sport. Thanks to artificial intelligence, the app is capable of tracking pitches in real time. It also offers coaching advice for players of all levels. The app has a clean design and great interconnection with social networks, which allows players and coaches to interact from miles away.
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