Yesterday, at WWDC 2011, Apple announced this year’s App Design Award Winners. Apple Design Awards 2011 recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in iPhone, iPad, and Mac app design. Each year, winning products set new standards for the developer community to follow. In order to eligible for this year’s awards, apps had to be released to the iOS or Mac App Stores prior to May 23. The winning developers receive an Apple Design Award trophy among other prizes.
Three applications were selected as winners for each of the following four categories: iPhone developers, iPad developers, Mac developers, and student developers. For the iPhone, this year’s winners were the well-known Unreal Engine-based game Infinity Blade by Epic Games, Golfscape GPS Rangefinder for pinpointing positioning on a golf course, and Chillingo’s popular puzzle game Cut The Rope. On the iPad, hyper-realistic turntable interface dJay for iPad, physics-based game Osmos for iPad, and interactive book Our Choice were selected as winners. Capo, Pixelmator, and Anomaly Warzone Earth were selected as Mac App Store winners while this year’s student-developed app winners were Grades 2, Pennant, and free aggregated news and RSS reader Pulse News.