Apple has announced the winners of the 2022 App Store Awards, spotlighting 16 apps and games including photo sharing app BeReal, which has been named iPhone App of the Year.
The winners, picked by Apple’s global App Store editorial team, have been chosen for “[inspiring] users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones[…],” says Apple, all delivering “exceptional experiences and making a profound cultural impact.”
BeReal, the photo sharing app that gives users an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends by asking users to post unfiltered photos of themselves once a day, has been named iPhone App of the Year, winning a physical award designed by Apple, inspired by the signature blue App Store icon.
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.
GoodNotes 5, a note-taking app with “best-in-class Apple Pencil support” has been named iPad App of the Year, and MacFamilyTree 10, an app for the Mac that offers a wide range of options to capture and visualize a user’s family history, has been awarded Mac App of the Year.
ViX, a Spanish-language streaming service with more than 20,000 hours of content to watch on demand, has been given the title of Apple TV App of the Year, with Gentler Streak, an exercise and fitness tracker for Apple Watch winning the title of Apple Watch App of the Year.
“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 in a press release on Tuesday. “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.”