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Apple Announces 2022 App Store Award Winners

Social media app BeReal and game app Apex Legends Mobile were among the winners.

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Apple unveiled its favorite apps and games for 2022.


Apple announced its 2022 App Store award winners on Monday -- and the top iPhone app prize went to the "anti-Instagram" social app BeReal.

Apple's global App Store editorial team picked the winners: 16 apps and games that "inspired users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones."

In addition to BeReal, the winners span a wide range of genres and include games like Apex Legends Mobile and Apple Arcade's Wylde Flowers

"This year's App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "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."  

Here's the list of this year's App Store award winners: 


iPhone App of the Year
Developer: BeReal

BeReal app on a phone

Social media app BeReal won iPhone app of the year.

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iPad App of the Year
GoodNotes 5
Developer: Time Based Technology

Mac App of the Year
MacFamilyTree 10
Developer: Synium Software

Mac Family Tree 10

MacFamilyTree 10 won Mac App of the Year.


Apple TV App of the Year 
ViX: Cine y TV en Español 
Developer: TelevisaUnivision Interactive

Apple Watch App of the Year 
Gentler Streak 
Developer: Gentler Stories


iPhone Game of the Year 
Apex Legends Mobile 
Developers: Electronic Arts

Apex Legends mobile

Apex Legends Mobile won iPhone Game of the Year.

YouTube video screenshot by Shelby Brown/CNET

iPad Game of the Year
Developer: X.D. Network

Mac Game of the Year 
Developer: Devolver

El Hijo game

El Hijo won Apple TV Game of the Year. 


Apple TV Game of the Year 
El Hijo 
Developer: HandyGames

Apple Arcade Game of the Year 
Wylde Flowers 
Developer: Studio Drydock 

Wylde Flowers Apple Arcade

Wylde Flowers won Apple Arcade Game of the Year.


China Game of the Year 
League of Legends Esports Manager 
Developer: Tencent 

Cultural Impact Award Winners 

How We Feel 
Developer: How We Feel Project Inc.

Dot's Home 
Developer: Rise-Home Stories Project

Dot's Home game

Dot's Home was one of the Cultural Impact Award winners.

Locket Widget 
Developer: Locket Labs Inc.

Water Tracker Waterllama 
Developer: Vitalii Mogylevets 

Inua: A Story of Ice and Time 
Developer: ARTE Experience 

For more, check out Apple's App Store award winners from 2021 and the winners from 2020.

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