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The 12 Best-Designed iOS Apps of 2017

Showcasing the outstanding apps of 2017 based on design, creativity, and innovation.


Every year the Apple Design Awards commemorate the best-designed and most innovative apps for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Past winners include hit games like Monument Valley and Cut the Rope, or brilliant productivity apps like Remember the Milk and Fantastical 2. 2017’s selections were designed by a mix of independent designers and top developers and they range in uses: you’ll find photo editors, tools for converting currencies, puzzle games and note-taking apps. Here are the 12 best-in-class apps for your Apple devices.


Black Box by Ryan McLeod
iOS: Free


Splitter Critters by RAC 7 Games
iOS: $3
Android: $3


Mushroom by Untame
iOS: $5
Android: $5


Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules
iOS: $5
Android: $5


Severed by Drinkbox Studios
iOS: $3


Lake by Lake d.o.o
iOS: Free


Bear by Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C.
iOS: Free


Kitchen Stories by AJNS New Media GmbH
iOS: Free
Android: Free


Things 3 by Cultured Code GmbH & Co. KG
iOS: $10


Elk by Clean Shaven Apps Pte. Ltd.
iOS: Free


Enlight by Lightricks Inc.
iOS: $4


AirMail 3 by Bloop
iOS: $5

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