In our last podcast we discussed our annual Editors’ Choice Awards—awards Macworld presents to the year’s best Mac-related software and hardware. But our praise doesn’t stop there. Apple makes a fair living from computing devices that don’t bear the Mac label—the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. We honor the apps that feed these devices with our just-as-annual App Gem awards.

In this episode of the podcast, Macworld’s Philip Michaels, Dan Moren, Lex Friedman, and I talk about how we go about choosing the winning apps as well as what makes some of the award winners so special.

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You can find our main App Gems article elsewhere on, along with profiles of the winners in the productivity, communication, photography, music, reading, news, game, and education categories. You’ll also want to check out our App Gems Hall of Fame—our way of honoring perpetual award contenders for their ongoing excellence. And because the great iOS offerings don’t stop with the 32 winners we picked, we also have a lengthy list of honorable mentions that also merit your attention.

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