Apple announces 2023 App Store Awards winners, hiking app AllTrails named iPhone app of the year

Apple has announced the winners of the 2023 App Store Awards, listing the 14 best apps and games across various categories. Fitness-focused hiking and biking app AllTrails has emerged as the best app on the iPhone this year, while miHoYo’s latest RPG gacha title Honkai: Star Rails has been named iPhone Game of the Year. Other winners include machine learning-powered editing app Photomator, Souls-like action RPG Lies of the P and curated film streaming platform Mubi. Last month, Apple announced the list of 40 finalists for its annual App Store Awards based on their technical and creative achievements.

AllTrails beat out competition like language coaching app Duolingo and flight tracking app Flyty for the title of iPhone App of the Year. The app includes detailed guides and maps for hiking trails around the world. For the best games of 2023 on iPhone, Honkai: Star Rails was chosen over roguelike sensation Vampire Survivors and retro RPG Afterplace.

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Honkai: Star Rails named iPhone Game of the Year
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“This year’s winners represent the limitless potential of developers to bring their vision to life by creating apps and games with remarkable ingenuity, exceptional quality, and purpose-driven mission,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in the newsroom. Post Announcing the 2023 App Store Awards Winners.

On the iPad, digital makeup sketch pad app Pret-a-Makeup was named App of the Year. The app’s face chart feature helps makeup artists test, plan or register looks and combinations. In terms of gaming, puzzle adventure title Lost in Play triumphed over Aggie Party and Pocket City 2 to emerge as the best iPad game of 2023.

On the Mac, photo editing software Photomator was named App of the Year, while critically acclaimed Souls-like action RPG Lies of the Pi won the Gaming title, beating out competition from open-world RPG title Elex II and classic point-and-click adventure title Won the category. Return to Monkey Island.

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Lies of P chosen as best game on Mac
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Beating other Apple platforms, workout app SmartGym and streaming platform Mubi emerged as the best apps on Apple Watch and Apple TV, respectively. Casual adventure title Hello Kitty Island Adventure was named as the best game on Apple Arcade, the company’s subscription-based gaming service.

In addition to apps and games across all of its devices, Apple also recognized five winners in the Cultural Impact category, which recognizes apps and games that spread positive messages. Apple’s post reads, “This year’s winners encourage users to learn and grow in an inclusive and accessible space, contribute toward a more sustainable future, and explore self-reflection and the connection between generations. ” Cultural impact winners include digital toy room for kids Pok Pok, accessibility app Proloco, surplus food sustainability app Too Good to Go, meditative puzzle app Unpacking, coming-of-age, hidden-object game Finding Hannah.

Apple also recognized generic AI apps as the trend of the year. From chatbots to planners, AI-powered apps have flooded the app stores over the past year. “Although many of the features are still in their infancy, they give users a chance to see the technology firsthand and come to their own conclusions about the benefits and risks,” the company said in the post.


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