Last week, Apple concluded its annual tradition of recognizing the best of app and game excellence and announced the winners of the 2023 App Store Award. Like it has for over a decade, the App store award sets out to recognize the apps and games that empowered users to unleash their creativity, discover a world of new adventures, and have fun with family and friends.
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO said, “This year’s winners represent the limitless potential of developers to bring their visions to life, creating apps and games with remarkable ingenuity, exceptional quality, and purpose-driven missions.”
Selected from selected from almost 40 finalists who delivered exceptional technical innovation, user experience, and design, these 14 emerged valiant.
iPhone App of the Year: AllTrails
AllTrails, an expansive trail guide and community of nature enthusiasts, was honored for its comprehensive approach that led users to new heights, literally and figuratively.
iPhone Game of the Year: Honkai: Star Rail
With breathtaking visuals, strategic combat, and immersive worlds, Honkai: Star Rail offered an enthralling adventure through a far-flung space odyssey. The game stood out for RPG fans on mobile.
iPad App of the Year: Prêt-à-Makeup
Recognized for revolutionizing makeup artistry while promoting inclusivity and self-expression, Prêt-à-Makeup uses machine learning to provide personalized makeup tutorials and tips, making it easy for anyone to achieve their desired look.
iPad Game of the Year: Lost in Play
This charming adventure transported users into a world fueled by childlike imagination. With its whimsical art style, clever puzzles, and heartwarming story, Lost in Play beat other games to win game of the year on Apple’s iPad.
Mac App of the Year: Photomator
Utilizing machine learning, Photomator impressed users with its professional-grade photo editing capabilities making it easy for everyone to create stunnning photos. Its interface also got a worthy mention.
Mac Game of the Year: Lies of P
A dark and captivating RPG that reimagined a classic children’s tale, Lies of P stood out not only for its beauty but also for its introspective exploration of humanity. Its captivating story, memorable characters, and challenging gameplay made it an RPG fan fave.
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Hello Kitty Island Adventure
Embracing kindness as its central theme, Hello Kitty Island Adventure delighted users with its colorful and heartwarming experience. Filled with fun activities, friendly characters, and a positive message that will make you smile.
Apple Watch App of the Year: SmartGym
SmartGym’s comprehensive workout library, AI-driven routines, and detailed reporting were celebrated for removing barriers and empowering users to achieve fitness goals.
Apple TV App of the Year: MUBI
MUBI’s collection of experimental films, indie gems, and international documentaries offered users a captivating cinematic experience. With its expansive selection of films and commitment to the best of world cinema, Mubi stood tall for movie lovers on Apple TV.
In addition to the main categories, Apple also announced winners handpicked by their curators:
p class=””>Pok Pok, Proloquo, Too Good To Go, Finding Hannah, Unpacking, and the “Trend of the Year” category highlighting the evolution of Generative AI, which captured the imagination of users throughout the year.