Discover the Best Apps and Games of 2023: Find Your Next Favorite with Apple’s Top Picks!

Apple was the first to popularize the concept of mobile apps, launching the first App Store with less than 500 apps in 2008. Since then, millions of apps and developers have entered the scene, making the competition for the best apps more challenging than ever.

On Wednesday, Apple released its 2023 App Store Awards Winners, picked by the App Store’s editorial team based on the apps’ meaningful experiences and cultural change. Apple CEO Tim Cook said that “this year’s winners represent the limitless potential of developers to bring their visions to life, creating apps and games with remarkable ingenuity, exceptional quality, and purpose-driven missions.”

This year, the winners were organized by the device the app is meant for, making a distinction between regular apps and games, and a special category for apps that drive positive societal change and leave a cultural impact.

For iPhone App of the Year, AllTrails from AllTrails, Inc. won, helping outdoor enthusiasts find trails for various activities.

For iPad App of the Year, Prêt-à-Makeup from Prêt-à-Template Sabrina Ortiz was awarded for providing digital face charts and realistic makeup looks.

For Mac App of the Year, Photomator from UAB Pixelmator Team was recognized for its all-encompassing photo editing tools.

For Apple TV App of the Year, MUBI from MUBI, Inc., a streaming app showcasing hand-picked, “visionary” films from international creators, was selected.

For Apple Watch App of the Year, SmartGym from Mateus Abras SmartGym, an app that acts as a workout companion and tracker, won the award.

For iPhone Game of the Year, Honkai: Star Rail from COGNOSPHERE PTE. LTD. was recognized for its immersive space fantasy role-playing experience.

For iPad Game of the Year, Lost in Play, from Snapbreak Games, a game following the storyline of a brother and sister on an adventure, received the award.