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iMore Best of 2016 Awards

They are what modified how we labored and the way we performed. They are what forced us to switch the units on our wrist, in our pocket, on our laps or desks, and in our dwelling rooms. They are what dictated the glance of our house monitors and our docks.

They are the units and lines, equipment and equipment, and apps and video games that crammed us with wonder and enjoyment, were given us to disregard what got here sooner than, and made it inconceivable for us to believe how we ever lived with out them.

They are our 2016 iMore Award winners!

Best of the Yr

Best Apple software:

iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 Plus did not simply deliver a larger display and battery this yr, it introduced a much better digital camera with optical zoom and portrait mode. And that were given everybody's consideration. — Rene Ritchie

Runner Up: iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Best iOS Function

Portrait Mode

iOS packed a ton of nice options into its 2016 update, however the most productive function of all got here in iOS 10.1. Portrait Mode exemplifies the most productive of Apple's device engineering smarts, developing implausible pictures that, in some instances, rival DSLRs. It can be solely for the iPhone 7 Plus this yr, however it is a positive signal of what is to return for Apple's smartphone cameras. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Differential Privacy Messages

Best macOS Function

Apple Pay

Get in a position to buy til' you drop, excluding you will not drop as a result of you will not be exhausted, as a result of all you need to do to shop for stuff on macOS now's click on on Apple Pay. You'll be able to ascertain the cost by means of Apple Watch or iPhone, and in case you have a MacBook Professional with Contact ID, all you wish to have is your fingerprint. It actually makes on-line buying groceries a breeze. — Lory Gil

Runners up: Auto Unlock Siri for Mac

Best watchOS Function

Activity Sharing

Of watchOS's many nice new options this yr, none were given me shifting and motivated greater than Process Sharing: If Rene can get a exercise in strolling 5 miles within the snow, I will be able to no doubt pick out up a couple of heavy issues. — Serenity Caldwell

Runners up: Fast Watch Face Switching Breathe

Best tvOS Function

TV app

The TV app became out to be a pleasing wonder, even for cable cordcutters. It makes it simple to stay monitor of presentations and films you watch with no need to keep in mind which app you have been gazing it in, and it additionally is helping you find new content material you did not know used to be to be had to you thru all of the more than a few products and services. — Lory Gil

Runners up: Siri enhancements

Tale of the Yr

FBI vs. Apple

The FBI sought after Apple to create a again door into iOS. Apple stated 'no'. The skirmish ended with the FBI discovering in a different way, however the warfare over privateness has simply begun. — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: Pokémon Go No new Mac desktops

Best of iPhone

Best iPhone app


The Apple Watch measures your center beat, however Cardiogram is sensible of it: This iPhone app will give you detailed center historical past, averages, or even hooks into center research to help in making folks fitter around the world. — Serenity Caldwell

Runners up: Ulysses djay Pro

Best iPhone recreation

Pokémon Go

To name Pokémon Move a phenomena is to undersell it. A loved franchise discovered new lifestyles and the best spike in preliminary hobby conceivable in a contemporary, cellular, agumented fact, geo-location global. — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: Reigns Super Mario Run

Best iPhone accent


Apple taketh the 3.5mm headphone jack from iPhone, however giveth AirPods, which use the brand new W1 chip to make pairing and switching between units more uncomplicated than ever ahead of. They usually shipped in time for this award! More... — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: Moment Lens Kit

Best images app


In an international of fundamental filters, three-D canine faces, and oversaturated, overbearing modifying equipment, Prisma stood out like a white knight who simply destroyed a poorly-edited dragon. This extremely inventive cellular app shall we customers turn out to be true artists and manipulate their pictures in utterly new, non-cliche tactics. Plus, it is tremendous addicting. — Cella Lao Rousseau

Runners up: FiLMiC Pro Obscura Camera

Best Messages app

Square Cash

We use Sq. Money continuously when splitting dinner tests or paying hire, and its Messages app makes the method even more uncomplicated: Simply choose the volume you wish to have to ship, press pay, and watch it move! — Serenity Caldwell

Runners up: Momento Giphy

Best sticky label pack

Grammar Snob

The funniest, worst factor you'll be able to do to a chum or enemy is to start out red-lining the errors of their messages. Grammer Snob permits you to do exactly that. I need to use it continuously... and punch it within the face each and every time it is used on me. — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: CARROT Weather Bitmoji

Best Maps app

Open Table

Why care for Open Desk's fussy internet interface when you'll be able to reserve a desk at once from Apple Maps? The large blue Reserve button seems for any eating place that helps the reservation carrier, permitting you to temporarily snag a desk at your favourite position. — Serenity Caldwell

Runners up: Uber

Best Siri app


"Skype Serenity." "Name Georgia on Skype." "Message Mikah the use of Skype" — Mix Microsoft's communicator with Apple's new Siri apps and also you get previous global networking with new global ease. — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: Venmo ZOVA

Best 3-d Contact app

djay Pro

Now not handiest did Algoriddim organize to pack all of djay Professional's options into the much-smaller-than-iPad-or-Mac iPhone interface, they took merit of one thing distinctive to the platform: full-on Taptic enhance. So, now, you do not simply have to take a look at the beat — you'll be able to really feel it! — Rene Ritchie

Runners up: NOISE Badland 2

Best iPhone case

Sena Lugano Wallet

With the iPhone 7 Plus's additional girth taking on more room in our baggage and wallet, a perfect pockets case used to be a will have to for decreasing muddle and having must haves for your individual always. The Lugano case is a gorgeous, narrow leather-based choice that permits you to raise your playing cards with out the majority. — Serenity Caldwell

Runners up: Journal Silk Grip Case

Best battery case

Mophie Juice Pack

Yr after yr, mophie hits iPhone charging instances out of the park. They are now not the most cost effective, however they are prime quality, top efficiency, and regularly those value looking ahead to. — Rene Ritchie

Runner up: Apple Smart Battery Case

Best headphones

Bose QuietComfort 35

There is not any different headphone I need to go back and forth house for the vacations with than the Bose QC35. Wi-fi, noise-cancelling, and battery for hours on finish — who may just ask for anything else extra? — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Liberatone Q Adapt

Best HomeKit accent

iHome Smart Plug iPS6

The iHome Sensible Plug is definitely the most productive begin to any HomeKit house, as a result of it is some distance more effective than twiddling with bulbs, thermostats, lovers, and so forth. You'll be able to simply flip anything else that plugs in right into a HomeKit-enabled software: It is responsive, it seems nice, and it is so simple to arrange! — Mikah Sargent

Runner up: August Smart Lock

Best of iPad

Best iPad app


iPad Professional and Apple Pencil are unbelievable equipment, however Procreate harnesses them that will help you create unbelievable artwork. With its new display broadcast options and strengthen for the PSD layout, it is a very easy app of the yr in our books. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Swift Playgrounds

Best iPad recreation

Human Resource Machine

"Coding can also be a laugh!" However you don't have any concept simply how a laugh it may be till you will have performed Human Useful resource Device: It performs like a puzzle recreation, all of the whilst educating you the fundamental basics of coding. — Lory Gil

Runner up: Severed

Best iPad accent and keyboard

9.7-inch Logitech Create

After running on an iPad Professional for a yr, there is not any different keyboard I would like through my aspect than the 9.7-inch Logitech Create. It is a nice keyboard, gives Pencil garage, and protects my iPad Professional like not anything else. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Jot Mark

Best of Mac

Best Mac app


Spark used to be already a perfect e-mail app for iOS, however this yr Readdle introduced it to the Mac with lots of helpful options, together with a sensible inbox — my favourite solution to stay monitor of essential emails. — Lory Gil

Runner up: Capo 3.5

Best Mac recreation


Simplicity, surprising visible genre, and a in point of fact enticing tale make Firewatch our recreation of the yr: It is a delightful reminder that indie recreation studios can blow Triple-A studios out of the water. — Luke Filipowicz

Runner up: Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Mac accent

Twelve South Fermata

The large problem about Bluetooth headphones? Remembering to price them. Twelve South's Fermata takes that rigidity out of the equation with a beautiful desktop headphone stand that still packs in a integrated charger. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: LG 5K Display

Best Mac audio system

Libratone Zipp

The Libratone Zipp is an ideal speaker: Superbly designed and impeccably constructed, the rounded hollow space delivers 360-degree sound that works with Bluetooth, AirPlay and Spotify Attach. Mix two for whole-room or whole-house playback! — Daniel Bader

Runner up: UE Boom 2

Best Mac hub & dongles


When USB-C on my own isn't sufficient, OWC's dock provides your MacBook or MacBook Professional extra ports than you'll be able to shake a dongle at! — Rene Ritchie

Runner up: USB-C to USB-A Adapter

Best Mac exterior force

LaCie Porsche Design USB-C Drive

Zoom zoom: Who does not need a arduous force with a race automotive identify? Porsche Design would possibly handiest be loosely affiliated with its sports activities automotive cousin, nevertheless it nonetheless makes darn great arduous drives — and the LaCie logo backs that graceful design up with a rock-solid USB-C choice for MacBook and MacBook Professional customers alike. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: G‑DRIVE USB‑C 1TB Drive

Best Mac bag

Waterfield Staad Attaché

If you wish to have a trendy bag for the brand new MacBook Professional or your iPad, you'll be able to't pass flawed with the Waterfield Staad: It has a cushioned compartment on your number one tool and wallet and pouches to spare. — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Pad and Quill Roll Top Backpack

Best of Apple Watch

Best Watch app


Respiring is not just very important to lifestyles. You need to managing tension, nervousness, and your lifestyles. Breathe for Apple Watch is a terrific addition, reminding us all to easily prevent, turn out to be aware, and regain our center of attention. — Georgia Dow

Runner up: Streaks

Best Watch complication

Carrot Weather

Snarky and ever-present, Carrot's myriad headaches for Apple Watch gift you with a bit of climate for your lifestyles it doesn't matter what watch face you want to put on (now not that it is going to prevent, puny human). — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: Fantastical

Best Watch accent

Time Porter

Touring for the vacations is rarely simple, particularly if you end up being worried about toting round charging equipment for your whole electronics. The Time Porter takes care of this in your Apple Watch, supplying you with a trip stand, charger, and accent case — multi functional! — Serenity Caldwell

Runner up: AirPods

Best Watch band

Woven Nylon

How do you beat the Game Band at its personal recreation? If you are Apple, you introduce the funner, extra breathable Woven Nylon. Purchased. So. Many. — Rene Ritchie

Best of TV

Best TV app


The Hyper app for Apple TV gives up the most productive of the most productive movies on the web in a superbly designed interface. Skip sifting thru YouTube lists and Vimeo suggestions and get correct to the great things with Hyper! — Mikah Sargent

Runner up: Pokémon TV

Best TV recreation


Minecraft is an incredible recreation on any tool, however it's particularly glorious for your tv: It is the first primary recreation on Apple TV that calls for a separate recreation controller. We've got spent hours construction, tearing down, and exploring huge landscapes in Minecraft — and are positive to spend many extra. — Lory Gil

Runner up: Pokémon TV

Best TV accent

Studio Neat Apple TV Remote Stand

Easy and complicated, the Studio Neat Apple TV Faraway Stand provides your glass faraway a small picket house to name its personal. (It is a a lot better position than within the sofa cushions or beneath the espresso desk, consider us.) — Serenity Caldwell


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