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Apple Design Awards go to 12 great apps and games


Six apps and six games won in six categories, chosen from 36 finalists.
Six apps and six games won in six categories, chosen from 36 finalists.
Photo: Apple

A dozen “best-in-class” apps and games took honors in the Apple Design Awards Monday at WWDC23. Winning development teams hailed from around the world, delivering innovative apps with great design, Apple said.

“Apps and games are integral to how we live, work, and play. At Apple, we love to recognize outstanding developers whose apps reflect incredible creativity and design excellence,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.

12 ‘best-in-class’ apps and games take honors in Apple Design Awards at WWDC23

Apple Design Awards are part of WWDC each year, much like recognition of the Swift Student Challenge‘s winning coders.

“We want to celebrate each of this year’s Apple Design Award winners for crafting thoughtful app experiences and compelling gameplay, empowering and entertaining users everywhere,” Prescott said.

Winners in 6 categories

The design awards include six categories that each recognize one app and one game. Apple picked winners from among 36 finalists. Winning developers are based in China, Germany, Japan, Poland, Thailand and the United States.

In the list below, each link goes to the App Store download page. Get more information about the developers and their winning wares.

And the categories and winners are …


App: Universe — Website Builder
Developer: Universe Exploration (United States)

Game: stitch.
Developer: Lykke Studios (Thailand)

Delight and fun

App: Duolingo
Developer: Duolingo (United States)

Game: Afterplace
Developer: Evan Kice (United States)


App: Flighty
Developer: Flighty (United States)

Game: Railbound
Developer: Afterburn (Poland)

Social impact

App: Headspace
Developer: Headspace (United States)

Game: Endling
Developer: HandyGames (Germany)

Visuals and graphics

App: Any Distance
Developer: Any Distance (United States)

Game: Resident Evil Village
Developer: CAPCOM (Japan)


App: SwingVision: A.I. Tennis App
Developer: SwingVision (United States)

Developer: Second Dinner (China)

For more information about each app and game, plus information on the other finalists, go to Apple’s awards page.

See 2022’s winners.


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