Spectre is Apple’s iPhone App of the Year

Sebastiaan de With
Dec 4, 2019
2 min read

Well, this was a surprise.

We were thrilled and honored to be contacted by Apple a few weeks ago, asking us to attend a special event in New York City with several other great developers to celebrate their picks for the Apps of the Year. The big bombshell was dropped when we were told that Spectre was chosen as the iPhone App of the Year.

At the event, we were honored to shake the hands of some of the people at Apple that helped us achieve a personal dream: to make photography apps with an incredible level of polish and cutting edge technology.

Thanks to the App Store, me and Ben have become a full-time two man company creating Halide and Spectre, something we could only dream about when we first launched Halide in 2017.

Spectre is young — we launched the app in February, and were overwhelmed with the positive response. It was the top paid app in the United States for almost a full week. We’re honored and humbled with this incredible award from Apple.

We’re not done with Spectre. We think there’s lots of exciting opportunities for computational photography left for us to explore. We have huge plans in 2020, and we can’t wait to show you what we have been working on.

A huge thanks go out to everyone at Apple for making this possible and for choosing us as the App of the Year. And a huge thanks to all of you, our users, for sharing so many incredible shots tagged with #SpectreShot — We’ll be featuring our favorites of the year over on our Instagram and Twitter — and for spreading the word about our little magical photography tool.

We truly couldn’t have done it without you.