2012 Apple Design Awards now accepting nominations for iOS and Mac apps

With the announcement of the 2012 Worldwide Developer Conference today, Apple also opened its Apple Design Awards nomination page for iOS and Mac developers. Apple announced last year that the annual awards would now only apply to Mac and iOS apps residing in the App Store, which appears to be the case this year as well.

Through the website set up for WWDC, developers can sign up and nominate apps for inclusion in the awards. To be considered, the app must be on the App Store or Mac App Store by May 1. Note: Apps that are not nominated can still win an Apple Design Award if they catch Apple’s eye.

Last year’s winners included iPhone apps Infinity BladeCut the Rope, and Golfscape GPS Rangefinder, and iPad apps djay for iPadOsmos, and Our Choice. For Mac developers, apps including CapoPixelmator, and Anomaly Warzone Earth took home last year’s awards. At WWDC 2011, Apple also handed out awards to student developers, which will likely happen again—especially given Apple’s new scholarship program for the 2012 event.

Winners will get an Apple Design Award trophy and usually some Apple gear or prizes that have not been announced. Apple broke down the criteria for apps considered for the awards:

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Here are your Apple Design Award Winners

The winners were announced at WWDC yesterday:

iPhone Developer Showcase

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Infinity Blade

Chair Entertainment Group, LLC

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Golfscape GPS Rangefinder

Shotzoom
Software LLC

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Cut the Rope

Chillingo Ltd

iPad Developer Showcase

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djay for iPad

algoriddim GmbH

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Osmos for iPad

Hemisphere
Games, Inc.

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Our Choice

Push Pop Press

Mac Developer Showcase

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Capo

SuperMegaUltraGroovy

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Pixelmator

Pixelmator Team Ltd

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Anomaly
Warzone Earth

11 bit studios S.A.

Student Developer Showcase

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Grades 2

Tapity

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Pennant

Vargatron

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Pulse News

Alphonso Labs