Apple today announced the much-awaited list of the best applications and games that made the year exciting for users as is the practice over the years.
This is the tech giant’s highly anticipated annual list of the best apps and games of 2020.
As in previous years where App store celebrates winners using criteria like Application quality, creative makeup, user-friendliness, and use of Apple technology.
2020 “Best Apps” winners are drawn from a list of Apps that made life easier for the people during the ‘stay-at-home’ period witnessed globally during the pandemic heat.
The winners were Apps that helped people adjust to the new way of doing things- the realities of lockdown.
A typical example of an App in this category is the physical workout App.
Wakeout! won the iPhone App of the Year, while Zoom came tops as the iPad App of the Year.
Disney won the Apple Television Application of the year for engaging families and Kids during the which helped families keep kids entertained during the lockdowns.
It will be recalled that the streaming service just won the award for the best application in Google play’s user choice announced yesterday alongside other winners.
Top games of the year highlighted our collective need for escapism, often to fantasy worlds.
This year, the list of game-winners included Genshin Impact for iPhone Game of the Year; Legends of Runeterra as iPad Game of the Year; Disco Elysium as Mac Game of the Year; Dandara Trials of Fear as Apple TV Game of the Year; and Sneaky Sasquatch as the Apple Arcade Game of the Year.
Meanwhile, the productivity app Fantastical won as Apple’s Mac App of the Year, a reflection of our new work-from-home lifestyles.
A relaxation and sleep app, Endel, won the Apple Watch App of the Year. It’s not surprising to see another relaxation app win a top app of the year accolade.
No doubt, 2020 has been a challenging year dotted with stressful events, including not only the global pandemic but also November’s contentious U.S. presidential elections, the biggest stock market crash since 1987, protests and riots over racial injustice, wildfires in Australia and the U.S. West, the Weinstein verdict.
#EndSars protests in Nigeria, Brexit, the deadly Beirut explosion, violence in Delhi, the Hong Kong protests, locust swarms in East Africa and deaths of prominent figures like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Kobe Bryant.
According to a statement credited to the tech giant, apps are a reflection of our culture. And this year, they reflected people’s focus on self-care and mental health, remote work, and learning, staying connected with family and friends, interactive and social gaming, and more.
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