Apple has revealed the winners of its 2022 App Store Awards chosen by its global editorial team. This year’s best iOS apps and games reflect the ‘’abundant possibilities’’ across Apple devices and its app marketplace, the tech giant said.
“This year’s App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “From self-taught solo creators to international teams spanning the globe, these entrepreneurs are making a meaningful impact, and represent the ways in which apps and games influence our communities and lives.”
Here are the best App Store apps & games of 2022:
Best iOS apps of 2022
iPhone App of the Year: BeReal, from BeReal.
iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5, from Time Base Technology Limited.
Mac App of the Year: MacFamilyTree 10, from Synium Software GmbH.
Apple TV App of the Year: ViX, from TelevisaUnivision Interactive, Inc.
Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak, from Gentler Stories LLC.
Best iOS games of 2022
iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile, from Electronic Arts.
iPad Game of the Year: Moncage, from X.D. Network Inc.
Mac Game of the Year: Inscryption, from Devolver.
Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo, from HandyGames.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers, from Studio Drydock Pty Ltd.
China Game of the Year: League of Legends Esports Manager, from Shenzhen Tencent Tianyou Technology Ltd.
Cultural Impact Award Recipients
In addition to the best apps and games of the year, the iPhone-maker also announced five titles that received its Cultural Impact Award by having long-lasting impacts on users’ lives and culture.
Here are the Cultural Impact winners of 2022:
- How We Feel from the How We Feel Project, Inc.
‘’By prompting users to tap into their emotional well-being with the ease of daily check-ins, How We Feel helps users put difficult emotions into words and presents strategies to address these emotions in the moment.’’
- Dot’s Home from the Rise-Home Stories Project
‘’Dot’s Home spotlights systemic housing injustices and the subsequent impact within communities of color through a compelling and thoughtful time-traveling tale.’’
- Locket Widget from Locket Labs, Inc.
‘’Allowing users to send live photos right to family and friends’ Home Screen, Locket Widget drives intimate connection between loved ones, free from traditional social media pressures.’’
- Waterllama from Vitalii Mogylevets
‘’With its colorful design and gentle guidance, Waterllama makes meeting hydration goals fun, using creative challenges, reminders, and cuddly characters to keep users on track.’’
- Inua – A Story in Ice and Time from ARTE Experience
‘’Inua – A Story in Ice and Time provides an engaging, mystical adventure for users to explore historical events that weave in elements of Inuit traditions, folklore, and breathtaking tales.’’