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Best apps and games of the year in the App Store Awards 2023

For more than a decade now, Apple has set aside time at the end of the year to recognise the best and most important apps and games in the App Store, and the developers behind them.

With so much innovation and creativity in the App Store around the world, choosing just a few apps and games is no easy task.

That’s why this year, the company is especially proud to honour the outstanding winners and finalists. Congratulations to them all!

Best Apps 2023

iPhone App of the Year

AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run

AllTrails is an app for hikers, cyclists, climbers and anyone who loves the outdoors.

‎AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run
‎AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run

iPad app of the year

Prêt-à-Makeup

Prêt-à-Makeup is a digital face chart pad with unlimited pages and all the tools you need to create beautiful and realistic looks on your device.

‎Prêt-à-Makeup
‎Prêt-à-Makeup
Developer: Prêt-à-Template
Price: Free+

Mac app of the year

Photomator – Photo Editor

Photomator is a powerful photo editing software that offers incredible tools to enhance, retouch and manage your photos. It includes an extensive collection of advanced colour settings, automatic selections based on artificial intelligence, powerful batch editing features, Clone and Repair tools to remove unwanted objects and much more. Simply put, it has everything you need to make every shot the best it can be.

‎Photomator – Photo Editor
‎Photomator – Photo Editor

Apple Watch app of the year

SmartGym: Gym & Home Workouts

SmartGym aims to focus on some specific tasks and realise them better than any other app on the market. Keeping track of your routes, history and body measurements is now very easy. And of course, with a great app for Apple Watch, so you don’t even need your phone during your workout.

‎SmartGym: Gym & Home Workouts
‎SmartGym: Gym & Home Workouts

Apple TV app of the year

MUBI: Stream Great Cinema

Discover great films, from iconic directors or emerging artists. From around the world. Each film has been carefully selected by MUBI’s curators. Watch or download great films anytime. On any screen or device, anywhere.

‎MUBI: Stream Great Cinema
‎MUBI: Stream Great Cinema
Developer: MUBI, Inc.
Price: Free+

Game of the Year 2023

Best iPhone Game

Honkai: Star Rail

‎Honkai: Star Rail
‎Honkai: Star Rail

The best game for iPad

Lost in Play

‎Lost in Play
‎Lost in Play
Developer: Snapbreak Games
Price: Free+

Best Mac Game

Lies of P

‎Lies of P
‎Lies of P
Developer: NEOWIZ
Price: $59.99

Apps with the greatest cultural impact

Finding Hannah

‎Finding Hannah
‎Finding Hannah
Developer: Fein Games GmbH
Price: Free+

Pok Pok | Montessori Preschool

‎Pok Pok | Montessori Preschool
‎Pok Pok | Montessori Preschool
Developer: Pok Pok
Price: Free+

Proloquo

‎Proloquo
‎Proloquo
Developer: AssistiveWare
Price: Free+

Too Good To Go: End Food Waste

Unpacking

‎Unpacking
‎Unpacking
Developer: Humble Bundle
Price: $9.99

Trend of the Year

Apple App Store editors have identified “generative AI” as the trend of the year in 2023.

Apps are a reflection of culture, and in 2023, generative AI captured the collective imagination of users with its evolution unfolding in real time. During the year, apps began integrating artificial intelligence in a variety of ways. While many features are still in their infancy, they have given users the opportunity to see the technology in action and draw their own conclusions about the benefits and risks.

A collection of apps with generative AI that “exemplify the trend of the year” can be found on the App Store.

App Store Awards 2022 winners you can find here.

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