Apple published a list of Winners of the 2022 App Store Awards today, along with the most popular list of both free and paid applications and games in terms of downloads. All of the company’s platforms, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV, are represented in these awards for apps. The greatest iPhone app of 2022 was the social network BeReal, while the top iPad app of the year was the note-taking software GoodNotes 5.

The best Apple TV app of the year went to TelevisaUnivision Interactive’s Vix streaming service for elevating Spanish-language stories, and the best Apple Watch app of the year went to Gentler Stories’ Gentler Streak, an exercise and fitness tracker. Synium Software GmbH’s MacFamilyTree 10, a visual family tree exploration app, was named the top Mac of the year.

Apple Announces Winners of the 2022 App Store Awards Today

Winners of the 2022 App Store Awards

The top iPhone and iPad games were Moncage from X.D. Network Inc. and Apex Legends Mobile from Electronic Arts. Other winners in the gaming category include “Wylde Flowers” from Studio Drydock for Apple Arcade, “Inscryption” from Devolver for Mac, and “El Hijo” from HandyGames for Apple TV. The League of Legends Esports Manager from Shenzhen Tencent Tianyou Technology took home the China app of the year award.

BeReal

This year’s social media sleeper smash BeReal spurred industry heavyweights like TikTok and Instagram to imitate the concept. The app was first released by the French firm in 2020. However, its structure of receiving a notification at odd hours of the day and prompting users to upload a front-and-back camera combined shot within two minutes became well-liked this year. In sharp contrast to the top applications of the previous two years, “WakeOut!” and “Toca Life World,” this year’s best crown app was a social app (a workout app). BeReal is an app that offers “a real peek into the lives of their family and friends,” according to Apple’s blog post on the awards.

CEO Tim Cook said in a statement that this year’s winners of the App Store Award “reimagined our experiences with apps that delivered fresh, thoughtful, and genuine perspectives.” From self-taught individuals to global teams, these entrepreneurs “represent the ways in which apps and games influence our communities and lives.”

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Apple’s “Apps that brought us together” bonus category from the previous year was available. In order to recognize such applications that “had a lasting impact on people’s lives and shaped society,” it has included a “Cultural Impact” section this year. A few of the apps on the list are How We Feel Project’s How We Feel app for recording 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 through a home screen widget, Vitalii Mogylevets’ hydration tracking app Waterllama, and ARTE Experience’s

In 2022, the App Store faced difficult revenue and regulatory conflicts. In countries like South Korea and the Netherlands, it was necessary to let developers utilize third-party platforms for in-app purchases (just for dating apps). The U.S. and the EU are also considering strategies to limit monopolies in-app distribution among several app shops. These laws may compel Apple to relax some of its restrictions on how apps may be distributed and paid for through the App Store.

In March, Apple approved the usage of external connections in “reader applications,” or programs that enable users access to digital media like music, books, and films. The business loosened some of its restrictions on binary material in applications, HTML5, lottery apps, and donation-related apps in June. It began to restrict NFT capabilities in applications in October, preventing developers from utilizing digital collectibles to open up new features. Additionally, any NFTs purchasing system was required to use Apple’s in-app purchase feature and pay a fee to the business. Additionally, it revised its policies to make clear that a portion will be taken from payments made for app-based social media post boosts.

Industry statistics show that the worldwide economic crisis caused a 5% decline in net revenue for the App Store. Additionally, Apple was obliged to increase the pricing on the App Store in several Asian and European nations due to shifting currency exchange rates vs the dollar. In addition to all of this, Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has gotten into a dispute with the tech giant by asserting that Apple “threatened to withhold Twitter from App Store.”
Apple also published a list of the top applications and games for the year, both free and premium. The top applications in the US are shown below:

Top 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. BeReal
  9. Facebook
  10.  Cash App

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Top Paid Apps

  1. Procreate Pocket
  2. HotSchedules
  3. The Wonder Weeks
  4. Shadowrocket
  5. 75 Hard
  6. AutoSleep Track Sleep on Watch
  7. TouchRetouch
  8. FILCA – SLR Film Camera
  9. SkyView
  10.  My Macros+ | Diet & Calories

Top Free Games

  1. Wordle!
  2. Subway Surfers
  3. Roblox
  4. Stumble Guys
  5. Coloring Match
  6. Count Masters: Crowd Runner 3D
  7. Fishdom
  8. Call of Duty®: Mobile
  9. Parking Jam 3D
  10.  Text or Die

Top Paid Games

  1. Minecraft
  2. Heads Up!
  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 Trail
  3. Angry Birds Reloaded
  4. Sneaky Sasquatch
  5. Cooking Mama: Cuisine!
  6. Bloons TD 6+
  7. Skate City
  8. Warped Kart Racers
  9. Solitaire by MobilityWare+
  10.  LEGO® Star Wars™: Castaways

Stacy is enthusiastic about daily innovations in smart gadgets. She finds inspiration and motivation in all of life’s experiences, whether good or bad. Her interests are photography, interior design, fashion, and tech. She feels blessed to be living her dream of working in events for creative people.

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