Apple announces apps of the year for 2020
Do you have an app that you love and use every day? You might just find it in this article. That’s right: Apple has announced its list of the best apps of 2020.
All apps that are listed in Apple’s App Store are eligible for the award. So it doesn’t matter whether the app was designed for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, or one of Apple’s other operating systems. Apple differentiates between the best apps and the best games of the year and the trends of the year. You will find the 15 award winners below.
Best apps of 2020
iPhone App of the Year: Wakeout!
This app suggests small daily workouts which you can do anywhere and which will help you get through your day fitter and healthier.
iPad app of the year: Zoom
Zoom is a videoconferencing platform that has become particularly well known since the arrival of the pandemic. Above all, Zoom impresses with its simple user interface and range of functions, primarily aimed at home-office users.
Mac App of the Year: Fantastical
Fantastical is a comprehensive calendar and appointment management app for the Mac.
Apple TV App of the Year: Disney+
Disney+ is a streaming app that combines the various Disney brands, including Pixar, Star Wars and Marvel.
Apple Watch App of the Year: Endel
If you’re having trouble sleeping, Endel might be able to help. The app is a “sleep assistant” and helps you fall asleep using sound waves.
Best games of 2020
iPhone Game of the Year: Genshin Impact
This free action RPG with an anime look and fantasy setting has also been released for consoles and the PC and has won over players and the press alike. Genshin Impact impresses with great attention to detail, a fair model for microtransactions and a successful look.
Get more recommendations in our best iPhone games roundup.
iPad Game of the Year: Legends of Runeterra
Legends of Runeterra is a free trading card game developed by League of Legends developer Riot Games.
Mac Game of the Year: Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium is an RPG in which you take on the role of a big-city detective.
Read our roundup of the best Mac games for more recommendations.
Apple TV Game of the Year: Dandara Trials of Fear Edition
In this 2D Metroidvania game, the protagonist switches between different worlds using portals.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Sneaky Sasquatch
In this fun game you play the role of Sasquatch, also known as Bigfoot. So you do what a Bigfoot does all day: food, steal human clothing, fish, and more. (At time of writing Sneaky Sasquatch is ranked 27 out of 133 in our roundup of the best Apple Arcade games.)
The app trends of the year
Apple has recognised a few other apps that capture this year’s trends.
The Shine app has started a chapter dedicated to the intersectionality of mental health and the lives of black people. Explain Everything Whiteboard has given teachers and students new tools in the age of online teaching.
The video chat platform Caribu has added many games and hundreds of books so that people can stay connected despite being physically separated. Pokemon Go expanded its outdoor gameplay to include features that players can use at home.
And finally, ShareTheMeal has helped millions of people share their food with those who need it.
This article originally appeared on Macwelt. Translation by David Price.