Apple Announces 2022 App Store Awards Winners •

by Ana Lopez

Today, Apple announced the list of this year’s App Store award winners, along with the top list for most downloaded apps and games in free and paid categories. These awards include apps for all of the company’s platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV. For 2022, the social networking app Be real won the app of the year award for iPhone, while the note-taking app Good notes 5 won the crown for best iPad app.

MacFamilyTree 10 from Synium Software GmbH — a visual app for exploring family trees — was noted as the best Mac of the year; TelevisaUnivision Interactive’s Vix streaming service was awarded best Apple TV app for elevating Spanish-language stories; and Gentler Streak, an exercise and fitness tracker from Gentler Stories, was awarded the best Apple Watch app of the year.

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Apex Legends Mobile from Electronic Arts took home the best award for iPhone games, while Moncage from XD Network Inc. won the best title for iPad games. Other game winners include Devolver’s Inscryption for Mac, HandyGames’ El Hijo for Apple TV, and Studio Drydock’s “Wylde Flowers” for Apple Arcade. Shenzhen Tencent Tianyou Technology’s League of Legends Esports Manager won the Chinese App of the Year.

BeReal was a hit on social media this year, forcing giants like TikTok and Instagram to emulate the format. The France-based company originally launched the app in 2020. But the format of being notified at random times of the day to post a photo within two minutes using a combination of front and rear cameras took off this year . It is a stark difference that a social app won the best crown app this year compared to the top apps of the past two years “Toca Life World” (an app for kids) and “WakeOut!” (a workout app). In its awards blog post, Apple described BeReal as an app to provide “an authentic look into the lives of their family and friends”.

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“This year’s App Store Award winners reimagined our experiences with apps that offered new, thoughtful and genuine perspectives,” CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “From self-taught solo creators to global teams around the world, these entrepreneurs are making meaningful impact, representing the ways apps and games are impacting our communities and lives.”

Last year, Apple had a bonus section called “Apps That Brought Us Together.” That’s why this year it introduced a “Cultural Impact” section to honor a number of apps that had a “lasting impact on people’s lives and influenced the culture.” The list includes How We Feel Project’s How We Feel app for logging into daily emotion-based check-ins; Rise-Home Stories Project’s Home Stories project to highlight stories of systemic housing injustices and their impact on people of color; Locket Labs’ Locket Widget to enable live photo sharing between friends and family via a widget on the home screen; Vitalii Mogylevets’ hydration tracking app Waterllama; and ARTE Experience’s Inua – A Story in Ice and Time to discover historical events of the Inuit tradition.

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The App Store has had a challenging 2022 impacting revenue and regulatory battles. It was supposed to allow developers to use third-party systems for in-app purchases in South Korea and the Netherlands, among others (only for dating apps). The United States and the EU is also looking for ways to control app distribution monopolies in various app stores. These regulations could force Apple to relax some rules about how it allows app distribution and payments on the App Store.

In March, Apple allowed “reader apps” — apps that give users access to digital content such as music, books, and videos — to include external links that let users create and manage their accounts. In June, the company relaxed some of its rules around binary content in the app, using HTML5 and lottery and donation-related apps. In October, it cracked down on NFT functionality in apps, preventing developers from using digital collectibles to unlock new features. In addition, it also mandated that any NFT purchase system requires you to use Apple’s in-app purchase mechanism and give a commission to the company. It also updated its guidelines to reflect the need for a discount for purchasing social media posts on the app.

According to industry data, App Store sales fell 5% in net sales due to the global economic downturn. In addition, fluctuating currency prices against the dollar forced Apple to raise prices on the App Store in multiple countries in Asia and Europe. On top of all of this, Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has also picked a fight with the tech giant by claiming that the iPhone Maker “threatened to keep Twitter out of the App Store.”

Apple also released the most downloaded apps and games for the year in free and paid categories. Here are the best apps in the US:

Best free apps

  1. TikTok
  2. YouTube: watch, listen, stream
  3. WhatsApp
  4. Instagram
  5. Google Maps
  6. Google search
  7. Gmail – Email by Google
  8. Be real
  9. Facebook
  10. Cash app

Top paid apps

  1. produce bag
  2. Hot Schedules
  3. The miracle weeks
  4. Shadow Missile
  5. 75 difficult
  6. AutoSleep Track sleep on watch
  7. TouchRetouch
  8. FILCA – SLR film camera
  9. Sky view
  10. My Macros+ | Diet & Calories

Best free games

  1. word!
  2. Subway surfers
  3. roblox
  4. Stumble guys
  5. Coloring contest
  6. Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D
  7. Visdom
  8. Call of Duty®: Mobile
  9. Parking Failure 3D
  10. Text or die

Highest paid games

  1. Minecraft
  2. NB!
  3. Bloons TD 6
  4. geometry dash
  5. Monopoly – Classic board game
  6. My child Lebensborn
  7. Five nights at Freddy’s
  8. plague inc.
  9. Rovio Classics: AB
  10. Five nights at Freddy’s 2

Top Apple Arcade games

  1. NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition
  2. The Oregon Route
  3. Angry Birds reloaded
  4. Sneaky Sasquatch
  5. Mama Cooking: Kitchen!
  6. Bloons TD 6+
  7. Skate City
  8. Distorted kart racers
  9. Solitaire from MobilityWare+
  10. LEGO® Star Wars™: Shipwrecked

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