Apple App Store Awards 2023: Here’s a List of the Best Apps and Games of the Year

From the best creative apps to the most entertaining games, here's everything special on the Apple App Store from 2023

Highlights
  • Apple has released the list of best apps of 2023 for iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other products.
  • The year saw the rise of several productivity and creativity focused apps.
  • Apple has also announced a separate list of apps for a positive cultural impact.
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Apple has announced the winners of the Apple App Store Awards of 2023. The company had shortlisted over 40 applications from various developers for exceptional technical innovation which delivered a solid user experience to their users.

Apple says that a lot of applications emerged this year in the field of creativity and travel. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, also praised app developers for their purpose-driven apps and ingenuity in apps across iPhones, iPads, and the Mac platform. Here’s a list of all the winners of the Apple App Store Awards 2023.

Apple’s Top Apps of 2023

Apple has selected the best apps for each of its individual platforms like the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. The company has also declared separate winners in the games category, to differentiate between productivity-based and entertainment apps.

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iPhone App of the Year: AllTrails

AllTrails is a community app where users can share trails of paths for running, hiking, and cycling. It helps people to discover new areas to explore while showing them a safe route in their journey.

iPad App of the Year: Prêt-à-Makeup

Prêt-à-Makeup is a digital face art app that helps users practice various styles of makeup. The app utilizes the larger screen of the iPad to deliver an immersive experience to showcase their makeup ideas digitally.

Mac App of the Year: Photomator

Photomator is an image editing app available for the Mac, iPhone, and iPad. The app’s features like AI selection, batch editing, and cloning have helped it emerge as the best productivity app for the Mac.

Apple TV App of the Year: MUBI

MUBI is a content discovery app that helps users explore movies from various iconic directors. It also lets you directly stream movies through a subscription service.

Apple Watch App of the Year: SmartGym

SmartGym is a fitness-tracking application that shows the metrics of your workouts. The app is popular for its interactive user interface and pictorial representations of exercises.

Apple’s Top Games of 2023

Here’s a list of the best games of the year on the App Store as selected by Apple’s Editorial team.

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iPhone Game of the Year: Honkai: Star Rail

Honkai: Star Rail is a role-playing game (RPG) based on space adventures. Players can explore different worlds, and play together with friends and combat with each other online.

iPad Game of the Year: Lost in Play

Lost in Play is a puzzle-solving game where users have to escape a beast by clearing levels. The game is filled with multiple colourful characters and also involves quirky goblins.

Mac Game of the Year: Lies of P

Lies of P is a fighting game where the player is a warrior-based character. Players have to explore the city and adapt themselves to various weapons and fight against the evil allies.

Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Hello Kitty Island Adventure

Hello Kitty Island Adventure is based on the popular Hello Kitty media franchise. It’s an open-world adventure game where players have a restore an abandoned island to its former glory.

Apple’s Cultural Impact Winning Apps of 2023

Apart from the best apps and games, Apple has also released a list of apps that had a positive cultural impact on the world.

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Pok Pok: A digital toy room for kids in preschool which helps them to see the world as a whole. The app is specially designed to NOT be addictive to kids.

Proloquo: An Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app developed for specially-abled people with speaking issues. The app can be used by people of various age groups including children.

Too Good To Go: An app designed to fight the wastage of food. It lists the excess food from restaurants and bakeries that would normally get thrown away, at affordable prices.

Unpacking: It’s a puzzle game that helps you curate ideas for designing your home. Users have to unpack items from boxes and set them in a new room.

Finding Hannah: A game where users have to find hidden objects from images.