Apple announces 2023 App Store Awards finalists, including Duolingo, Honkai: Star Rail, and more

Apple has announced the 2023 App Store Awards finalists. Each year, the App Store editorial team selects and highlights some of the best apps from a variety of categories on Apple’s storefront. Apps and games on the App Store are recognized for their technical and creative achievements. This year’s App Store Awards finalists include more than 40 app and game developers across 10 different categories. Awards are given to apps across a range of Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch. Popular apps like language learning tool Duolingo, professional video editing software DaVinci Resolve and movie streaming platform Mubi made the cut this year.

kick finalist list This is the iPhone App of the Year category. Finalists for the best iPhone apps of 2023 include hiking app AllTrails, language coach Duolingo, and flight tracker Flyty. Finalists for Best Game on iPhone include retro RPG Afterplace, miHoYo’s latest honky-tonk: Star Rails, and roguelike sensation Vampire Survivors.

The iPad App of the Year finalists focus on creativity. These include sketching app Concepts, video editing software DaVinci Resolve and makeup design app Pret-a-Makeup. The iPad Game of the Year category includes party game Aggie Party, puzzle game Lost in Play and city builder sim Pocket City 2.

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Finalists for the best games on Mac for 2023
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Meanwhile, on the Mac, finalists for Best Apps of the Year include graphic design app Linearity Curve, photo editing app Photomator, and immersive productivity app Portal. On the gaming side, the finalists for Best Mac Game of the Year are the open-world RPG title ELEX II, the popular Soulslike Lies of P, and the point-and-click adventure title Return to Monkey Island.

On Apple Watch, Best App of the Year finalists include to-do and planner app Plany, workout app SmartGym, and weather alert app Tide Guide. On the other hand, the best Apple TV apps include creature collection game Bugsnax, training and workout app FitOn, and streaming app Mubi.

The App Store has also listed finalists for the best games on the Apple Arcade service in 2023. These include city builder sim Cityscapes, casual adventure title Hello Kitty Island Adventure and puzzle embroidery app Stitch. Storefront rounds up its App of the Year finalists with Cultural Impact Finalists, which celebrate apps that discover new and diverse ways to connect. These finalists include a list of 10 apps, including menopause support app Balance, personal finance app Copilot, environmental impact app Endling, and more.

Apple will select winners from these finalists. The company said winners across all categories will be announced in the coming weeks.


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