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- Apple has released its list of the best apps and games of 2019.
- Apple chose a photography app for creating long exposure photos as its iPhone app of the year, while a sketching app made the cut for Apple's iPad app of the year.
- Apple also highlighted a selection of games that range from 16-bit RPGs to artistic puzzle and platform games.
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Apple has been positioning products like the iPhone 11 Pro and iPad Pro as creative tools for artists, filmmakers, and photographers in recent years, and that message has come through yet again in the company's compilation of the year's best apps.
Each year, Apple pulls together a list highlighting the best apps and games. For its 2019 iPhone pick, it selected an app that uses artificial intelligence to help iPhone owners take long exposure photos, while it chose a drawing and sketching app for the iPad Pro.
Here's a look at Apple's best apps and games of 2019.Best iPhone app: Spectre CameraApple
Lux Optics' Spectre Camera uses AI to create long exposure photos. The app can remove unwanted background content like crowds and can draw light trails to create a river-like effect, according to its App Store listing.
Best iPad app: Flow by MoleskineApple
The maker of the popular notebooks has a sketching app for the iPad that offers dozens of combination options for paper styles, colors, and tools.
Best Mac app: Affinity PublisherApple
The $35 digital publishing software Affinity Publisher was Apple's top pick for the best Mac app of the year. Affinity Publisher lets you create layouts for publishing magazines, books, brochures, posters, and reports.
Apple TV app: The ExplorersApple
The Explorers lets you view photos from all over the world captured by a network of photographers, videographers, scientists, artists, and more.
Best iPhone game: "Sky: Children of the Light"Apple
"Sky: Children of the Light" invites you to explore seven "dreamlike realms" in the kingdom of Sky. It comes from the same company that created the video game "Flower," which was known for its artistic scenery and was even showcased in the Smithsonian Museum of Art.
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