2011 Apple Design Awards for Mac OS X limited to App Store titles only

Apple today “revealed details on its Apple Design Awards competition, a program designed to recognize applications that “set the standard for excellence” on Apple’s platforms,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“Apple received a significant amount of criticism last year for its decision not to offer Apple Design Awards for Mac OS X applications, choosing instead to simply offer awards in iPad and iPhone categories, although the move was apparently simply because Apple wasn’t prepared to begin showing off Mac OS X Lion at that time and thus focused the event primarily on iOS,” Slivka reports.

“Mac developers will be glad to know that Apple has added Mac OS X applications back into the Apple Design Awards this year, preparing to honor applications on both Mac OS X and iOS platforms,” Slivka reports. “One catch, however, is that applications must be included in the App Store by May 23rd in order to be eligible for an award.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]


  1. Dumb. There are legitimate reasons to not be on the App Store. One shining example is 1Password. This is an application that, to the best of my knowledge, is not allowed on the App Store, yet it’s one of the most popular (and best) pieces of Mac software.

  2. “Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
    The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.
    About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. […] We make tools for these kinds of people.”

    Thanks, Apple, but those might just go somewhere else. Thanks for getting worse… than 1984.

  3. I think that’s pretty bad, to be honest. There are plenty of really great apps that don’t reside in the App Store, and if I was a developer that had poured hours into making a brilliant Mac OS X app, but wasn’t able to put it in the store for whatever reason, I’d be pretty miffed by this.

    I’m all for Apple creating their own store for great apps, but to completely disregard all others apps that help to make OS X great just because they aren’t getting a cut of the revenue is pretty crappy to say the least.

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