As the year comes to a close, Apple is honoring the top digital downloads of the year and now it’s the App Store’s turn. This year’s winners include developers whose “apps and games were selected by Apple’s global App Store editorial team for delivering exceptional quality, innovative technology, creative design, and positive cultural impact.” Here are the winners as selected by the App Store editorial team:
iPhone App of the Year: Toca Life World, from Toca Boca
iPad App of the Year: LumaFusion, from LumaTouch
Mac App of the Year: Craft, from Luki Labs Limited
Apple Watch App of the Year: Carrot Weather, from Grailr
iPhone Game of the Year: League of Legends: Wild Rift, from Riot Games
iPad Game of the Year: Marvel Future Revolution, from Netmarble Corporation
Mac Game of the Year: Myst, from Cyan
Apple TV Game of the Year: Space Marshals 3, from Pixelbite
Apple Arcade Game of the Year: Fantasian, from Mistwalker
Additionally, the “trend” of the year was Connection, celebrating apps that “brought people together in meaningful ways — while meeting social, personal, and professional needs for users around the world.” Among the winners are Among Us!, Bumble, Canva, EatOkra, and Peanut.
Earlier this week, Apple announced the Apple Music Awards recipients, including Olivia Rodrigo and The Weeknd.
Michael Simon has been covering Apple since the iPod was the iWalk. His obsession with technology goes back to his first PC—the IBM Thinkpad with the lift-up keyboard for swapping out the drive. He's still waiting for that to come back in style tbh.