8 developers take home Apple Design Awards

Each year, Apple honors a handful of developers who've created innovative and exceptional products with Apple Design Awards (ADAs). The ADAs serve as a barometer of what Apple, as a company, is looking for from its developers across the board. Apple just announced this year's winners.

Each year, the ADAs award developers in a number of different app categories that vary from year to year. Here are this year's winners:

Darkroom - is a photo and video editor from Bergen Co. Apple says, "It delivers great performance with super-intuitive controls and a layout that both casual and pro photographers can truly appreciate." Darkroom is compatible with a wide range of Apple tech, including photo and camera APIs, Home Screen quick actions, contextual menus and haptics

Looom - Loom is an animation app from iorama.studio that works with Apple Pencil and Dark Mode. It was recognized for a "playfully creative interface" and custom controls.

Shapr3D - ZRT's Shapr3D is a CAD app for the Apple iPad. The app allows technical designers to do intricate and complete work with nothing more than an Apple Pencil and an iPad, including 3D models.

StaffPad - A sheet-music-creation app, StaffPad gives composers the power to turn handwritten notations into digital sheet music. It works with Apple Pencil or intuitive touch technology.

"Sayonara Wild Hearts" - Sayonara Wild Hearts is a pop album video game from Simogo and publisher Annapurna Interactive. It's been lauded for its stunning visuals and heart-pumping gameplay. Like most winners, it works with other Apple technologies, including game controllers, Game Center, Metal and spatial audio.

"Sky: Children of the Light" - This is another game app with breathtaking visuals and multiplayer integration. Created by thatgamecompany, Apple calls "Sky: Children of the Light," a "groundbreaking social quest." Apple tech it works with includes Game Center, Haptics, a customer Metal engine and spatial audio.

"Song of Bloom" - Song of Bloom, from indie developer Philipp Stollenmayer, is a game app that engages players in a non-linear tale with lots of puzzles and rapidly changing art styles.

"Where Cards Fall" - Where Cards Fall is an adventure game where players build houses of cards to "bring formative memories to life." The game, from developer The Game Band and publisher Snowman, uses a fair amount of Apple tech including Metal, haptics, Game Center, and iCloud.

The ADAs have recognized more than 250 developers for their excellence over the past 20 years. Usually, the announcement is a part of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference, which was held virtually last week, but this year's winners were announced on Monday by way of a press release.