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Apple App Store Awards 2021: list of best apps and games for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more

Apple App Store Awards 2021 list for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and more has been announced. Following its yearly trend, this list reveals some of the most popular and underrated apps on the Apple App Store with Toca Life World by Toca Boca awarded as the iPhone App of the Year.

Also Read: Google Play’s Best of 2021: check out the list of best apps and games in 2021

The list also includes apps and games that outperformed in 2021 and aided Apple users in their day-to-day routines. The new list has some of the most interesting names, including newcomers who’ve gained exponential growth on the App Store over this year and classic games like League of Legends.

App Store Awards 2021 list

  • iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, from Toca Boca
  • iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift, from Riot Games
  • iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, from LumaTouch
  • iPad Game of the Year: Marvel Future Revolution, from Netmarble Corporation
  • Mac App of the Year: Craft, from Luki Labs Limited
  • Mac Game of the Year: Myst, from Cyan
  • Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN, from DAZN Group
  • Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3, from Pixelbite
  • Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr
  • Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian, from Mistwalker

iPhone Awards 2021

Typically, the iPhone awards include applications and games designed for iOS. For this year, several applications have made it to the top list with special emphasis given to the children’s app Toca Life World by Toca Boca. These apps are hand-picked for this year and carefully selected based on the value they provide to Apple customers. Here is a quick look at the best App Store apps and games for iPhone in 2021. 

iPhone App of the Year 2021: Toca Life World

iPhone App of the Year 2021

This year’s most interesting take on the iPhone App of the Year 2021 award is the children’s app Toca Life World by Toca Boca. Before becoming a big hit on the App Store, the developer Toca Boca released over 40 other children-centric apps, and this is the first time that Toca Life World won the iPhone App of the Year right after their 10th anniversary. The app supports art and learning through interactive games and stories for children of all ages.

iPhone Game of the Year 2021: League of Legends: Wild Rift

iPhone Game of the year

The award for iPhone Game of the Year 2021 goes to the classic multiplayer battle arena video game “League of Legends: Wild Rift,” by Riot Games. The game was released back in October 2020 and since then it has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 on App Store. “League of Legends: Wild Rift follows the classic strategy battle in which players participate with their avatars set with unique abilities. Like its predecessor, this game also allows players to level up their characters by accruing experience points (XP).

Apple App Store iPad Awards 2021

Like iPhone Awards, Apple also announced awards for iPad devices, and it sure is pleasing to see iPads are getting recognition in the Apple ecosystem. With the iPad 9th generation, users have more freedom to create phenomenal art using illustration software, and since the screen size is big as compared to iPhones, one can play high-resolution games comfortably too. Based on these two factors, Apple has announced the best iPad app of the year and iPad game of the year for 2021.

iPad App of the Year 2021: LumaFusion

iPad App of the Year 2021

One of the advantages of the iPad over the iPhone is its screen size, which makes them ideal for creators. Thanks to the bigger screen, video editing is. a breeze on an iPad. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this year’s App of the year for iPad went to LumaFusion. Not only does the app takes advantage of the bigger screen but also offers professional-grade editing tools to creators. With LumaFusion, video editors, journalists and filmmakers can create professional-looking videos right from their iPads. The app matches the overall aesthetics of iMovie. However, it is much more powerful and robust for individual positing, visual effects, and transitions for video editors and filmmakers.

iPad Game of the Year 2021: MARVEL Future Revolution

iPad Game of the Year 2021

The iPad Game of the Year 2021 award goes to one of the latest games released in 2021. MARVEL Future Revolution by Netmarble Corporation is selected as the iPad Game of the year. Since it was released on August 25th, 2021, the game has acquired a large number of users and has a rating of 4.7 stars out of 5. Inside the game, players participate in the battles depicting Marvel’s 2021 superhero movie “Eternals”. The game has some of the best storylines and features original characters from the Marvel universe. 

Mac Awards 2021

Apple is leaving no stones unturned, and the 2021 award list now also includes an award for best Mac apps and best Mac video games. Apple Mac is a comprehensive machine that helps you get your work done and since it’s under the Apple ecosystem, the synchronization between Apple’s other products and Mac computers is seamless. From sending files to installing software, Mac computers boost productivity.

Mac App of the Year 2021: Craft by Luki Labs Limited

Mac App of the Year 2021

The award for Mac App of the Year 2021 went to Craft by Luki Labs Limited. Craft is a minimalist app that helps you write notes. At first glance, this app looks nothing out of the ordinary but on a deeper level, it is one of the smartest note-taking apps for Mac computers. First off, the app is truly minimalistic and features smooth navigation to create notes, search through documents and share them with third-party platforms. The app works fine with most Apple devices, and you can swiftly share your documents with your Mac, iPhone and iPads.

Mac Game of the Year: Myst

Mac Game of the Year

Though Macs are mostly used for productivity, the gaming side of these computers provides ample stability for modern games. For the Mac Game of the Year award, Myst by Cyan seized the crown with a unique storyline and captivating gameplay that keep you coming for more. The game was first released in 1993 as a graphic adventure puzzle game, and several years later, it is one of the most popular games for Mac users throughout the world.

Apple TV Award 2021

With the inclusion of the Apple TV Award in the list, Apple has increased the scope of these awards. Though Apple has already announced the best Apple TV apps and games for 2021, chances are, you’re already familiar with these applications. If not, you can read about them and even download them from the links below. To start with the award list, check out the Apple TV App of the Year.

Apple TV App of the Year: DAZN

Apple TV App of the Year

There are hundreds of streaming apps available for Apple TV. The majority of these apps provide entertainment services for Apple TV users. Watching movies, listening to music, streaming documentaries are the core parts of Apple TV. The award for the Apple TV App of the Year title is held by sports streaming platform DAZN by DAZN Group. It is one of the best sports streaming apps that allows you to stream sports tournaments, sports news across multiple devices in the Apple ecosystem as well as for Android. 

Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3

Apple TV Game of the Year

The Apple TV Game of the Year award goes to the Swedish game development firm Pixelbite Games for their science fiction top-down third-person shooter game – Space Marshals 3. The game is available on multiple platforms, including Apple App Store, Google Play Store, Apple TV, and others. Since it is a top-down third-person shooter title, the game works fine with most devices but playing it on Apple TV gives a better view and detailing to the game. The first installment for Space Marshals was released on January 8, 2015, and since then, it has been one of the most played games on Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.

Apple Watch Award 2021

The Apple Watch Award for 2021 includes only one category since we can’t play games on Apple Watch. The company has announced the Apple Watch App of the Year.

Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather 

Apple Watch App of the Year

The Apple Watch App of the Year goes to the Carrot Weather app by Grailr. The app works flawlessly with Apple Watch and features multiple widgets, maps, Siri integration, and a bunch of other options for seamless performance. Users can even sync their iCloud settings and share information across devices whenever needed. Carrot Weather works with a yearly subscription, and considering the number of features you get, the subscription fee is worth the price. Likewise, Apple selected Carrot Weather as the Apple Watch App of the Year because of the good response from the users and the list of features it provides. 

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian

Apple Arcade Game of the Year

Apple Arcade is a video game subscription service for Apple users. This service is unlike any app on App Store and features countless titles for arcade game lovers. In the Apple App Store 2021 award list, Apple included Fantasian by Mistwalke as the Apple Arcade Game of the Year. Fantasian is a 2021 role-playing game. Written and produced by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the game features music from Nobuo Uematsu and excels in the graphics and story departments. 

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Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.