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Apple reveals top creative apps for 2019 (and there's a surprise entry)

Apple Apps - Best of 2019
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The time has come for Apple's 'Best of 2019' awards, where the company's App Store editorial team pick their favourites on everything from the iPad and iPhone to Mac and Apple TV.

This year creativity reigned supreme, which is  great news for the many creatives using mac and iOS devices. Looks like we now have some new entries to add to our round up of the best iPhone apps (opens in new tab) and the best iPad apps (opens in new tab) for artists and designers. 

So, who made the cut? Serif walked away with Mac App of the Year award for its not long released desktop publishing app Affinity Publisher (opens in new tab). The Serif team are no strangers to Apple accolades, having previously won Apple Mac App of the Year with Affinity Photo back in 2017. 

Moleskine also took the top spot in the iPad App of the Year category with its ever-popular Flow app (opens in new tab), a tool that enables users to draw, sketch, and take notes in a digital Moleskine notebook.

Super surprises 

Both well-known, high-quality creative brands, it was not a shock to see both Serif and Moleskine reach number one in Apple's 'best of' lists. The surprise winner for us was Spectre Camera, which won the best iPhone app of the year. 

We'll be honest, we'd not heard about it up to this point, but are now rather excited about. Powered by artificial intelligence and frankly a mind-blowing amount of tech, Lux Optics' Spectre Camera (opens in new tab) app enables users to take breathtaking long-exposure photos with ease. We have no idea how this magical app produces the goods, but it looks very impressive...

For a full list of Apple's 'Best of 2019' app winners, head over the Apple blog. But we can't go without mentioning the most downloaded free apps of 2019. This is packed with all the old favourites, with YouTube taking top spot closely followed by Instagram and SnapChat. Check out the full most downloaded apps (opens in new tab) list for the best free and paid for apps for 2019, where we're sure you'll find something of use. 

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Kerrie Hughes
Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie Hughes is Editor at Creative Bloq (currently on maternity leave). One of the original CB crew, Kerrie joined the team back in 2013 after moving from her role as staff writer on 3D World. Since then she's written regularly for other creative publications. Kerrie's work for Creative Bloq involves managing the team and the site's content, developing and maintaining commercial partnerships, and finding innovative ways to bring Creative Bloq's audience the content they're looking for.