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PRESS RELEASE 28 November 2022

App Store Awards celebrate the best apps and games of 2022

The 2022 App Store Award is shown.
The App Store Awards honor standout apps and games at the end of each year.
CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA Apple today announced the winners of the 2022 App Store Awards, spotlighting apps and games that inspired users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones. This year’s winners represent a diverse community of developers from around the world whose apps and games were selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial team for delivering exceptional experiences and making a profound cultural impact.
“This year’s App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “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.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook poses at Apple Park with the developers who won the 2022 App Store Awards.
The 2022 App Store Award winners celebrate with Tim Cook at Apple Park.
This year’s winners represent the abundant possibilities across the App Store and Apple’s ecosystem of devices. Innovative social app BeReal gives users an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends, GoodNotes 5 takes digital note-taking to the next level with best-in-class Apple Pencil support.  
Apex Legends Mobile brings the fast-paced hit battle royale game to iPhone. Moncage’s memorable puzzles brilliantly play with perspective. El Hijo, a Wild West tale, is a smartly designed stealth game that looks exceptional on the big screen with Apple TV.  

2022 App Store Award Winners


iPhone App of the Year: BeReal, from BeReal.
A still from BeReal, the iPhone App of the Year.
iPad App of the Year: GoodNotes 5, from Time Base Technology Limited.
A still from GoodNotes 5, the iPad App of the Year.


iPhone Game of the Year: Apex Legends Mobile, from Electronic Arts.
A still from Apex Legends Mobile, the iPhone Game of the Year.
iPad Game of the Year: Moncage, from X.D. Network Inc.
A still from Moncage, the iPad Game of the Year.
Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo, from HandyGames.
A still from El Hijo, the Apple TV Game of the Year.

Cultural Impact Winners

In addition to recognizing the best apps and games on Apple devices, Apple’s App Store editors selected some Cultural Impact winners that have made a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture.
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.
A still from How We Feel, an app that received an award in the Cultural Impact category.
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.
A still from Dot’s Home, a game that received an award in the Cultural Impact category.
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.
A still from Locket Widget, an app that received an award in the Cultural Impact category.
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.
A still from Waterllama, an app that received an award in the Cultural Impact category.
For more than a decade, Apple has honored the best apps and games at the end of each year. To acknowledge the impact of the winning developer teams, each winner will receive a physical award inspired by the signature blue App Store icon. Developed through meticulous craftsmanship, the award includes the App Store logo set into 100 percent recycled aluminum used to make Apple products, with the name of the winner engraved on the other side.
The App Store, which launched in 2008, is the world’s safest and most vibrant app marketplace. Currently home to 1.8 million apps and visited by more than half a billion people each week across 175 regions, it is an engine of global economic growth, facilitating $643 billion in billings and sales during 2020 alone. The App Store helps creators, dreamers, and learners of all ages and backgrounds connect with the tools and information they need to build a brighter future and a better world.
Visit the App Store to learn more about the 2022 App Store Award winners.
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