APPLE has revealed its top picks for the App Store in 2022 – and that means you've got some apps to download.
The tech giant has handed out its App Store Awards for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch.
Apple's iPhone App of the Year award went to BeRealCredit: Apple / BeReal
There are awards for apps and games, as well as a Cultural Impact category for “winners that have made a lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced culture”.
It'll come as no surprise that Apple's number one pick for iPhone App of the Year was BeReal.
The viral social media app gives you a brief window to take a photo – helping to capture real moments.
And Apple's pick for number one iPhone Game of the Year was Apex Legends Mobile, the smash-hit shooter by EA.
“It’s an honor to be able to recognize the achievements of this year’s App Store Award winners, who reimagined our experiences with apps throughout 2022 with fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives,” said Apple chief Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO.
“From self-taught solo creators to international teams spanning the globe, these developers are making a meaningful impact that represents the ways in which apps and games continue to drive culture, leaving a seismic influence on our communities and lives.”
These awards aren't based on download numbers or revenue earned, but a general mix of popularity, quality and uniqueness.
Here's the full list of Apple 2022 App Store Award Winners.
Best iPhone, iPad and Mac apps 2022
For apps, the awards went to…
iPhone App of the Year – BeReal (from BeReal)
iPad App of the Year – GoodNotes 5 (from Time Base Technology Limited)
Mac App of the Year – MacFamilyTree 10 (from Synium Software GmbH)
Apple TV App of the Year – ViX: Cine y TV en Espanol (from TelevisaUnivision Interactive)
Apple Watch App of the Year – Gentler Streak (from Gentler Stories)
Best iPhone, iPad and Mac games 2022
Here are the winning games…
iPhone Game of the Year – Apex Legends Mobile (from Electronic Arts)
iPad Game of the Year – Moncage (from X.D. Network Inc)
Mac Game of the Year – Inscryption (from Devolver)
Apple TV game of the Year – El Hijo (from HandyGames)
Apple Arcade Game of the Year – Wylde Flowers (from Studio Drydock)
China Game of the Year – League of Legends Esports Manager (from Tencent)
Cultural Impact Category
Apple also introduced a Cultural Impact category with five winners.
Here's who picked up a gong…
- How We Feel
- Dot's Home
- Locket Widget
- Water Tracker Waterllama
- Inua – A Story in Ice and Time
Apple has been honouring the best apps and games on its platforms for more than a decade.
This year's winning lot will all receive a physical App Store award built from 100% recycled aluminium – the same used to make Apple's gadgets.