App Store Awards: Check Out The Apps That Took Over The App Store in 2023

With the year coming to a close, Apple has recently announced the winners of this year’s App Store Awards. 14 apps were recognized by the company, and there were 40 finalists as well. 

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said,“It’s inspiring to see the way developers continue to build incredible apps and games that are redefining the world around us”. 

In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at four of the apps that were announced in the App Store Awards, as well as give our personal review of each app. The neat thing about the App Store Awards is that no type of App is ineligible to win the awards. There can be different types of apps eligible to win awards, whether it be a game like Angry Birds or a banking app like this one for example. 

So, who won the App Store Awards of 2023?

Well, there were multiple winners. However, the main award went to “AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run”. The app won iPhone App of the year, with “Duolingo – Language Lessons”and “Flighty – Live Flight Tracker” coming in second and third places respectively. 

AllTrails: Hike, Bike & Run

If you are a fan of exploring new hiking trails, then you may have experienced a bit of difficulty when it comes to picking out the right trail for you. There are countless blog posts and articles to read about various hiking trails to check out in your area, but they lack a lot when it comes to helping you find the right trail for you.

AllTrails fixes this common problem by allowing users to find trails by narrowing down the search by skill level, location, overall length, and many more factors. The app has over 400,000 trails to get in-depth info on that would otherwise not be easily accessible. 

The app uses GPS to help you get to the trail and stay on path while hiking. You can also join the AllTrails community and connect with other trail-goers. 


The iPad App of the Year went to Prêt-à-Makeup, a Brazilian startup that has been in the development of fashion apps for 10 years now. Their app, Prêt-à-Makeup, has gained a lot of traction lately as an addictive way to hone in your makeup art skills.

There are over 40 face templates that you can choose from to try out a new look all from your screen. There are also over 700 beauty products to choose from, as well as many other features such as a ring light feature, realistic cosmetic textures such as matte, gloss, metallic, creamy, highlighter, and glitter. 

The app reportedly has over 5 million downloads, and is free to use, although there are in-app purchases. If you’d like to learn more about the company, check out their website here

Honkai: Star Rail

Winning iPhone Game of the Year for 2023 is Honkai: Star Rail. This addictive iPhone game takes place in a galaxy with many different civilizations to explore and adventures to embark on.

The game is a space fantasy RPG, with anime style graphics. If you are a fan of RPG games, then Honkai: Star Rail may just be something you want to consider adding to your phone. Many players report that the game is the best mobile RPG, and that there is always something to come back to in the game and do. The combat system is rewarding and engages the player, and if you don’t like combat then there’s also a very convenient auto battler that does the job for you.

All in all, this game won over many people’s hearts in 2023 and if you haven’t given it a try yet we highly recommend it. The game is also available on other platforms, and you can see if the game is compatible with your device by checking out their website here. 

Lost in Play

iPad Game of the Year went to Lost in Play, an extremely popular game in which a brother and sister embark on an epic adventure filled with puzzles and games to play. Geared toward children, Lost in Play is a visually stunning game filled with mystery to keep people of all ages entertained and engaged. 

Some features of the game are that everything is communicated non verbally, allowing for kids of all ages and languages to enjoy the app. Additionally, there are 30 different types of games and puzzles to come across during gameplay, along with the ability to play cards with goblins, build a dragon, and even teach a sheep how to fly!

We hope you found this article interesting, and that you check out a few of the apps that won the App Store Awards this year. Everything mentioned on this list is free to download and family friendly as well. 

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