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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today announced its 2022 App Store Award winners, highlighting the 16 best apps and games selected by Apple's global App Store editorial team.


The top apps were chosen by Apple for their quality, innovative technology, creative design, positive cultural impact, and ability to deliver "exceptional experiences." Apple CEO Tim Cook said:

This year's App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives. 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.


  • 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.


Apple also highlighted five "Cultural Impact Winners," which it says "have made a lasting impact on people's lives and influenced culture." The winning apps in this category are as follows:

"This year's winners encourage users to engage more deeply with their emotions, authentically connect with others, and pay homage to their heritage and the generations that came before them while envisioning how to create a better world today," according to Apple.

Each App or Game of the Year winner will receive a physical App Store award that's modeled after the design of the App Store logo. Each award is created from 100 percent recycled aluminum and it has the name of the winner engraved on the side.

Article Link: Apple Announces 2022 App Store Award Winners, Highlighting Best Apps of the Year
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macrumors 65816
Oct 28, 2011
I love the look of these physical awards. I just want one to stare at. The blue colour is perfect. Reminds me of the iPod shuffle I saved up to buy while working my first job. Wish they’d bring the vibrant colours back.
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macrumors member
Sep 19, 2022
China game of the year? Huh? What about U.K., Spain or any other country then? I’m completely flummoxed by this?
Its either a platitude or a chinese language award.

Really? Asphalt 8 Arcade should've won instead of that game.
Asphalt 8 came out in 2013. Ports don't count.

Hopefully 2023 will finally bring that Final Fantasy X port I'm holding out for and maybe we might even see mobile ports of Persona 3 and 4.


macrumors 68040
May 28, 2008
Damn, I guess I need to download more apps from time to time. Never heard of any of these.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 6, 2009
Genshin Impact continues to be the best game available on mobile right now, with crazy amount of new content this year.
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macrumors 6502a
Mar 2, 2011
Doubt these apps for the top and just hand picked without any concessions about them .
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macrumors 6502
Nov 25, 2010
Quimper, France
Good to see MacFamilyTree in there.

without a doubt the best genealogy/family history app. Bar none, whatever the platform. This app uses all the strengths of Mac/Mac OS to break the mould as far as genealogy software goes.

I’ve been using the software since the earliest versions, together with other programs. It just keeps getting better.


macrumors member
Aug 4, 2017
Good to see MacFamilyTree in there.

without a doubt the best genealogy/family history app.
Well, tbh, it's not really as great as one would think. It's better, no, it's nicer, looking better than OpenSource software like Gramps, but it's IMHO less usable as eg. the web frontend of MyHeritage. In fact, I switched to MyHeritage 2 years ago and only export the data via gedcom files to keep a local copy. It may be fine for a hobby genealogist though.
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