For over a decade, the App Store editorial team has taken a moment at the end of the year to celebrate the very best apps and games. We’ve heralded the work of individual self-taught developers and huge international teams.
With so many wonderful apps on the App Store all over the world, selecting just a few award winners is no easy task. As always, we focus on technical innovation, user experience, and design. Then we consider the impact these apps have had on our lives.
It’s our honor to celebrate this year’s winners. Enjoy!
iPhone App of the Year:
A social media sensation that gave us an authentic look into the lives of our friends and family.
BeReal. Your friends for real.
Not another social network.
iPhone Game of the Year:
Apex Legends Mobile
This thoughtfully reengineered groundbreaking battle royale is its best version to date.
iPad App of the Year:
With best-in-class Apple Pencil support and powerful collaboration tools, the gold standard of digital note-taking got even better.
iPad Game of the Year:
A stunningly fresh spin on mobile puzzling that expanded our minds and got us thinking in thrilling new ways.
Optical Illusions Puzzle Game
Mac App of the Year:
We loved documenting and visualizing our family history with this comprehensive genealogy app.
The Best in Genealogy
Mac Game of the Year:
The surprises never stop in this deep deck-building adventure.
Apple Watch App of the Year:
A fitness tracker that encouraged us to tune in to our bodies—and take a rest when we needed.
Gentler Streak Workout Tracker
Wellness Log - Activity & Rest
Apple TV App of the Year:
A Spanish-language streamer that brought together the drama we love and the sports that get our hearts pumping.
ViX: TV, Fútbol y Noticias
Cine y Televisión en Español
Apple TV Game of the Year:
We loved how this spirited stealth adventure values brains over brawn—and looks stunning on the big screen.
Arcade Game of the Year:
With remarkably authentic diversity, this life sim’s idyllic world makes free expression (and casting spells) incredibly fun.
Cozy, magical life-sim
Cultural Impact Winners:
Shining a spotlight on historical injustices through a compelling time-travel tale.
How We Feel
Helping us engage more deeply with our emotions—and providing strategies for addressing them in the moment.
How We Feel
An emotional wellbeing journal
Honoring the heritage of the Inuit, whose folklore gives this breathtaking tale its beating heart.
Inua - A Story in Ice and Time
Bringing friends and family closer by helping us see the small moments we otherwise might miss.
Live pics from best friends
Encouraging everyone to stay hydrated through a winning combination of gentle guidance and adorable characters.