Apple announces 2012 Apple Design Awards

On April 26, 2012

Yesterday Apple announced that nominations are now open for its annual Apple Design Awards, these awards are given to the iOS and OS X apps that best exemplify the height of design, technology and innovation.

According to the Cupertino company’s website, the yearly Apple Design Awards will take place at the 2012 Worldwide Developers Conference, which as we mentioned yesterday will run June 11 to 15 in San Francisco.

Developers can nominate their favorite apps here, and Apple asks that they consider the following criteria when making their selections:

  • Well-Designed
  • Apps that are inviting, engaging, easy to use, intuitive, and compelling.
  • State of the Art
  • Apps that take advantage of the latest hardware, OS releases, and technologies to offer rich functionality, high performance, and extensive system integration.
  • Innovative
  • Apps that are revolutionary, inspiring, and do things in new and creative ways.

In order to be considered, apps have to be on the App Store or Mac App Store by May 1, 2012. The amount of nominations does not affect the outcome of the awards and winners will receive a trophy along with other yet-to-be-announced prizes.

In 2011, iPhone apps Infinity Blade, Golfscape GPS Rangefinder and Cut the Rope won, while djay for iPad, Osmos for iPad and Our Choice took the tablet category. Mac OS X winners included Capo, Pixelmator and Anomaly Warzone Earth, with Pulse, Grades 2 and Pennant came away with Student Developer honors.