As the first day of Apple's 2013 World Wide Developer Conference draws to a close, the results are in for what the company found the best apps running on its platforms.
Apple began its annual design awards program in 1997 under the moniker the "Human Interface Design Excellence," changing to its current name just a year later. Those who win get promotion on Apple's developer site, as well as a cube-shaped award that glows when picked up.
Notable among this year's winners is a free iPad app from the World Wildlife Fund that brings users closer to some of the world's most fascinating endangered species, including giant pandas, tigers, and polar bears. Apple cites WWF Together's attention to detail, aesthetic, sound design and music, as well as its high-resolution photography and inventive interactions.
In addition to professionally designed apps, the awards also recognize the achievements of student developers. One of the winners this year was Finish, a task manager app for the iPhone that aims to help procrastinating students. Designed by two sophomores at Boulder High School in Colorado, the app taps gestures to easily and quickly organize to-do lists into short, mid-, and long-term tasks, Apple said.
For the first time, this year's list includes the winners of student scholarships, in which applicants were asked to develop and app that reflected their experience and background.
A full list of winners from this year's show, along with the name of the developer, is below. All links lead to those apps in their respective App Stores.
World Wildlife Fund
Savage Interactive Pty Ltd
Art studio app
iPhone and iPad:
Retro-style arcade game
iPhone, iPad, and Mac
SkyGamblers: Storm Raiders
World War II combat game
Note-taking and archiving service
All-in-one Web code editor
Finish -- (see above)
Ishaan Gulrajani, Alex List, and Zain Shah
iPad and iPhone app connects two or more iOS devices around a single image
Louis Harboe, 17
University of Chicago Laboratory High School
Created a scrolling list of photos and videos that can be zoomed to reveal details about his apps, academics, experiences, friends, and family.
Bryan Keller, 19
Created a word cloud that can be tapped and zoomed to reveal details about his apps, schooling, and interests.
Puck Meerbug, 13
Created app that taps a variety of tools to present a comprehensive resume of his life and interests.