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The Best iPhone Apps of 2022, According to Apple

Apple App Store Award on a blue background

Today, Apple announced the 2022 App Store Award winners. The company highlighted 16 apps that “inspired users to engage more deeply with the world, expand their imaginations, and stay connected to friends and loved ones.” Award categories include apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch.

Best iPhone Apps

The BeReal app on an iPhone

Apple’s best overall pick for iPhone is the photo-sharing app BeReal. This app lets users share a photo once a day about what’s happening in their daily lives. Once a day, users are notified to hop into the app and make a post at the exact same time as all their friends.

Best App: BeReal
Best Game: Apex Legends Mobile

The other iPhone app highlighted by Apple is the mobile version of the massively popular Apex Legends franchise.

Best iPad Apps

The GoodNotes 5 app on an iPad

The iPad App of the Year winner is the note-taking and PDF markup program: GoodNotes 5. It allows you to make digital notes and sync them across all your iOS and macOS devices.

Best App: GoodNotes 5
Best Game: Moncage

The puzzle game Moncage took home the award for iPad Game of the Year. The game takes place inside a mysterious cube where each side houses a unique setting like a factory, a light tower, an amusement park, or a church.

Best Mac Apps

The MacFamilyTree 10 app on an iMac

The Mac App of the Year is the genealogy program MacFamilyTree 10. This app lets users track their family history as far back as information is available.

Best App: MacFamilyTree 10
Best Game: Inscryption

Inscryption took home the prize for Mac Game of the Year. This card-based game is a psychological horror game that delves deep into escape-room-style puzzles to uncover the secrets of a haunted cabin.

The Best of the Rest

The Wylde Flowers app on an iPhone

Apple rounded out its top picks with apps and games for the Apple TV and Apple Watch. Plus, it selected a game specifically for China, and gave out special awards for games with cultural impact.

Apple TV App of the Year: Vix
Apple TV Game of the Year: El Hijo

Apple Watch App of the Year: Gentler Streak
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Wylde Flowers

China Game of the Year: League of Legends Esports Manager

Cultural Impact Winners:

Check out all the winners on Apple’s website.

Danny Chadwick Danny Chadwick
Danny has been a technology journalist since 2008. He served as senior writer, as well as multimedia and home improvement editor at Top Ten Reviews until 2019. Since then, he has been a freelance contributor to Lifewire and ghostwriter for Fit Small Business. His work has also appeared on Laptop Mag, Tom’s Guide, and business.com. Read Full Bio »