Games came out on top at Apple's Design Awards - held last night WWDC in San Francisco - with App Store big-hitters Monument Valley, DEVICE 6, and Threes all picking up the accolades.
The Apple Design Awards celebrates apps that demonstrate excellence, and raise the bar in technology, innovation, and design. The winners represent the cream of the crop in terms of app design.
The awards are held yearly, with the winners receiving an Apple Design Award trophy. This year's lucky winners also received one of every current Apple device, on top of the trophy.
An eye on iOS
Amongst the winners were the recently released Leo's Fortune by 1337 and Senri, Blek by Kunabi Brother, puzzle champion Threes by Sirvo, the multi-award winning DEVICE 6 from Simogo and Monument Valley from UK-based design specialist ustwo.
The awards show was held after Apple's keynote speech, during which the next instalment of the firms' mobile operating system was announced - iOS 8.
Apple CEO Tim Cook detailed that big changes were coming to the App Store with iOS 8, and chief among these was the reveal of App Bundles. Developers and publishers will soon be able to bundle several of their games together at a single, discounted purchase.
Another new feature of interest to developers is TestFlight integration, which lets developers freely invite App Store users into an open beta test of their game. This free service could potentially limit the need to soft launch games in the future.
There is no exact release date for iOS 8 as of yet, though Cook did state it will release "this fall".