Apple has announced the winners of the 2022 App Store Awards, including BeReal, the new social platform that lets you take and share a couple of photos (one from the front of your phone and one from the rear camera) every days, took the application. Award of the year this year.

The App Store Awards (opens in a new tab) is an annual event where Apple honors developers and the apps they've created that have had the greatest impact on their users and the company. Whether it's social media, gaming, or sports, they take advantage of Apple's recently released hardware and software.

Many games stood out this year, including Wilde Flowers (Opens in a new tab) and Inua (Opens in a new tab) which won the Apple Arcade Game of the Year award and the Culture Impact award respectively, while GoodNotes 5 ( opens in a new tab) ), developed by Time Base Technology Limited, won iPad App of the Year.

Interestingly, there are 16 winners here, up from 15 in previous years; that's because a new "Chinese Game of the Year" was added to the list, which only shows the extent of a country's impact on the App Store.

With that in mind, TechRadar reached out to developers Wylde Flowers, Gentler Streak, and Inua about plans for their apps in the near future after winning those awards from Apple.

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Available on Apple Arcade (opens in a new tab), Wylde Flowers is a game reminiscent of Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley, where you control the protagonist – Tara, building and managing a farm during the day while moonlighting as a witch during the day. the night.

Developed by Studio Drydock, the developers told us they're proud to receive Apple Arcade Game of the Year, but there's also an upcoming update called "Endless Seasons and Romance," scheduled to release in December, which will feature different weather effects and new content for players to enjoy.

We asked the team if it would also include the ability to finally customize Tara, and while they said they were aware of this request from many players, it wasn't something they were considering for. the moment.

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Inua (opens in a new tab) is a time travel adventure game that offers immersive time on iPhone and iPad, and while the developers at Arte Experience have told us that a version of the game that appears on Apple TV would be a good next step when we suggest is, they have not confirmed if this expansion will be in the future of the game.

Along with this, Gentler Streak (opens in a new tab) does the unique job of encouraging you to practice in a calm and concise way, with helpful information in a well-designed app. The team also confirmed that Live Activities, a feature in iOS 16.1 that allows widgets to display live updates on the lock screen, is coming in a future app update, along with adding photos to workouts and more complications to the app. watchOS.

Overall, it's encouraging to see so many varied apps winning awards this year, though it would be nice to see another award that emphasizes accessibility; either as a separate award or included as a mention as part of other awards.

Either way, with rumors of an Apple VR headset set to debut in 2023, we could see a completely different App Store Awards next year. It's a great time to be an Apple user, with the innovation these independent developers continue to bring, nearly 15 years after the App Store launched alongside the iPhone 3G in 2008.

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