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From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It's never longer than 30 minutes. Hosted by Marco Arment and David Smith.
Copyright © 2019 Relay FM
July 21, 2020
Under the Radar 196: Not-So-Secret Plans
What we're working on so far this summer, and why we're not keeping it secret.
July 8, 2020
Under the Radar 195: Apple's Grand Vision of the Future
Adapting to the continued consolidation of Apple's platforms and frameworks.
June 24, 2020
Under the Radar 194: WWDC 2020
How the online-only format of WWDC 2020 is working out in practice, and how quickly we plan to adopt the new APIs.
June 10, 2020
Under the Radar 193: Unproductivity
Putting mental health above productivity during challenging times.
May 27, 2020
Under the Radar 192: Backporting
Using compatibility shims and abstractions to gain some of the newest APIs' benefits on previous OS versions.
May 13, 2020
Under the Radar 191: Self-Imposed Constraints
Imposing arbitrary limits on yourself to produce better projects.
April 29, 2020
Under the Radar 190: Custom Fonts
The risks and rewards of using custom fonts, and how to implement them in a modern app.
April 15, 2020
Under the Radar 189: Watchsmith
The launch of David's new app that pushes the boundaries of watchOS and finally makes our smartwatch faces actually smart.
April 2, 2020
Under the Radar 188: watchOS Business Prospects
The business side of Apple Watch app development in 2020.
March 18, 2020
Under the Radar 187: Uncertain Times
Business decisions for app developers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
March 4, 2020
Under the Radar 186: Replacing WWDC
Considering how Apple could replace and expand the roles filled by WWDC if it's canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
February 19, 2020
Under the Radar 185: Advanced Math
How we tackle the occasional need for more advanced math skills than what we actually have.
February 5, 2020
Under the Radar 184: The Past and Future of the iPad
Looking back at the launch of the iPad, and what its present and future hold, from an app-development and business perspective.
January 22, 2020
Under the Radar 183: Compatibility Contrast
As Marco discovers the value of staying with the old, David plows headfirst into the new.
January 8, 2020
Under the Radar 182: Ambitions, Goals, and Themes
Making plans, setting goals, and setting guidelines for decision-making — and, taking a page from our friends at Cortex, our chosen themes for 2020.
December 24, 2019
Under the Radar 181: Supporting The Previous OS
Revisiting the decision to go iOS 13-only with Overcast, and the pros and cons of potentially re-adding support for iOS 12.
December 11, 2019
Under the Radar 180: Shortcuts & Harnesses
Time-saving tips and tricks, and the value of test-harness mini-apps during development.
November 27, 2019
Under the Radar 179: Silent Updates
If you ship a major update, but don't announce it anywhere, does it make a sound?
November 13, 2019
Under the Radar 178: 16-inch MacBook Pro
A huge update to the computer that most of you are probably using.
October 30, 2019
Under the Radar 177: Operating in a Hostile Environment
Energy logs, API-misuse terminations, and other unexpected ways our apps crash due to system policy enforcement.
October 18, 2019
Under the Radar 176: That's Great, Apple, But…
Gather around the campfire as Uncle Dave tells the tale of how the conditions formed for today's App Store subscription scams.
October 3, 2019
Under the Radar 175: Moon++
David's new app, Moon++, and experiences working with SwiftUI and the standalone App Store on the Apple Watch.
September 18, 2019
Under the Radar 174: Always-On Apple Watch
New possibilities for users and developers opened up by the always-on screen of the Apple Watch Series 5.
September 4, 2019
Under the Radar 173: Summer Report Card
Our summers turned out very differently than we had planned.
August 19, 2019
Under the Radar 172: No News is Good News
We didn't think we had anything to talk about, but then we discovered unit testing and version control.
August 8, 2019
Under the Radar 171: Customers, Audience, and Critics
Recognizing three groups that only partially overlap, and how to prioritize the feedback we get from them.
July 24, 2019
Under the Radar 170: Spending Dan Riccio's Battery Surplus
How we'd improve the Apple Watch by "spending" the power-efficiency gains likely to come in the next hardware update.
July 10, 2019
Under the Radar 169: The End of an App's Life
Facing the tough decisions when you know, in your heart, that it's time.
June 26, 2019
Under the Radar 168: Working While Traveling
Our makeshift travel-work setups, and managing expectations about how much and what types of work you'll get done while traveling.
June 12, 2019
Under the Radar 167: The WWDC Hangover
As the dust settles on an overwhelming WWDC 2019, we figure out what we should tackle first.
May 29, 2019
Under the Radar 166: API Wish List
What we hope to see at WWDC 2019 in Apple's APIs and developer tools.
May 15, 2019
Under the Radar 165: WWDC 2018 Year in Review
As WWDC 2019 approaches, we review the major changes announced in WWDC 2018 and how they've actually played out over the past year.
May 1, 2019
Under the Radar 164: Meaningless Version Numbers
The advantages of switching from semantic versioning to a sequential calendar-based system with no semantic implications, and the different marketing mindset it brings.
April 17, 2019
Under the Radar 163: CalZones
Launch day for David's new app, CalZones!
April 4, 2019
Under the Radar 162: The Five Stages of Developing a New App
Using David's upcoming app as an example, we take a journey through curiosity, excitement, productivity, despair, polishing, and shipping.
March 20, 2019
Under the Radar 161: Gears, Knobs, and Buttons
The design challenge of a podcast app's now-playing screen, how Overcast's design has progressed over the years, and the unexpected usability failures along the way.
March 6, 2019
Under the Radar 160: Working Staycations
Taking vacations or staycations to get a lot of work done in a short time and take full advantage of being in the zone.
February 22, 2019
Under the Radar 159: New App
Creating a new app as a fun exercise, and making choices that minimize its ongoing maintenance needs.
February 8, 2019
Under the Radar 158: Bundled Data
Including large or small databases and other data files with your app.
January 23, 2019
Under the Radar 157: Editorial Content
Producing and embedding content in your app that changes continuously, such as monthly challenges, directories, and user-generated content.
January 9, 2019
Under the Radar 156: The Nightmare After Christmas
Running servers is easy the vast majority of the time. But sometimes, something goes wrong at the worst possible time.
December 27, 2018
Under the Radar 155: Difficult Bugfixes
Tracking down hard-to-find, hard-to-reproduce bugs that don't show up in your own usage.
December 20, 2018
Under the Radar 154: Knowingly Shipping Bugs
When, why, and how it's OK to ship updates to your app with known bugs.
December 13, 2018
Under the Radar 153: Fear of Major Changes
Good and bad fears of embarking on major code changes to our apps.
December 5, 2018
Under the Radar 152: Removing the Bumpers
Exercising atrophied programming muscles by experimenting with languages, technologies, and environments that lack the safety and convenience of our usual work.
November 28, 2018
Under the Radar 151: Little Touches
Small design features, flourishes, and other indulgences to satisfy ourselves and make our apps feel more delightful.
November 21, 2018
Under the Radar 150: Showing Up Every Week
Budgeting our time for ongoing commitments vs. exploratory and hobby projects, and an update on iOS device statistics.
November 15, 2018
Under the Radar 149: Algorithms
The challenge of writing complex algorithms, and the joy of finding a simpler way.
November 8, 2018
Under the Radar 148: Low-Work Mode
Accepting that our motivation and productivity are cyclical, with periods of very little work getting done.
November 1, 2018
Under the Radar 147: New MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iPad Pro
Developer-relevant analysis of this week's Apple releases and how we can use them in our work.
October 24, 2018
Under the Radar 146: Ethical Monetization
App Store subscription scams, and considering the ethics of how our apps make money.
October 17, 2018
Under the Radar 145: Custom Apple Watch Faces
Why the Apple Watch needs third-party faces, tools to make them for yourself today, and overcoming the reasons why Apple may not want to offer them.
October 10, 2018
Under the Radar 144: Concerns About the Future
Long-term career planning, predicting where Apple is going, betting on the right technologies, and wondering whether we'll still be doing this in ten years.
October 4, 2018
Under the Radar 143: Implementing Step-Counting
Answering the surprisingly difficult question of "How many steps did you take today?"
September 26, 2018
Under the Radar 142: Passion Projects
The value of making apps only for yourself that you never release.
September 20, 2018
Under the Radar 141: Implementing Search
Concepts and considerations for implementing full-text search in your app, with examples from Overcast 5.
September 14, 2018
Under the Radar 140: The Mad Rush
Finalizing our iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates, and updating our apps for the new iPhones and Apple Watches before we can actually buy them.
September 7, 2018
Under the Radar 139: Taking Breaks
Setting up your business for extended times away, and how to start working again when you get back.
June 28, 2018
Under the Radar 138: watchOS 5
The huge gifts we were given in watchOS 5, and today's environment for building Apple Watch apps.
June 21, 2018
Under the Radar 137: iOS 12 and App Review Changes
How we're affected by the iOS 12 changes and revised App Store review guidelines.
June 14, 2018
Under the Radar 136: Freshly Cleared Decks
The first things we do after WWDC every year, and why this year might be different.
June 5, 2018
Under the Radar 135: On the Street at WWDC 2018
Live interviews at Social Policy in San Jose, with first impressions from Curtis Herbert, Joe Cieplinski, and Kaya Thomas.
May 30, 2018
Under the Radar 134: WWDC Tips
Packing, preparation, and logistical tips for a happy, healthy, and productive WWDC.
May 25, 2018
Under the Radar 133: Collective Bargaining
The challenge of trying to form a union or other collective action group for developers.
May 16, 2018
Under the Radar 132: Accessibility
Considering accessibility as part of usability, and testing with the most common iOS accessibility APIs.
May 10, 2018
Under the Radar 131: Dot-App and Microsoft's 95%
Whether you need one of the new .app domains, and the ramifications of Microsoft's lower app-store commissions.
May 3, 2018
Under the Radar 130: Lightning Round V
Lessons from Android's success, hot new things from past WWDCs that didn't pan out, and trying to improve or avoid social problems with our apps.
April 27, 2018
Under the Radar 129: Lightning Round IV
Planning out our apps before writing any code, deciding which ideas NOT to pursue, a converged "Marzipan" world, and accessibility.
April 19, 2018
Under the Radar 128: Lightning Round III: Servers
In our third Q&A episode, we address the many questions we received about running servers.
April 13, 2018
Under the Radar 127: Lightning Round II
Our second-ever Q&A episode, including questions on React Native, reusable code vs. duplication, learning beyond Hello World, and the art of packing lightly for travel.
April 5, 2018
Under the Radar 126: Retention
The fast drop-off of typical usage over time, and how to improve our customer-retention rates.
March 29, 2018
Under the Radar 125: Privacy Policies and GDPR
Minimizing the collection and storage of your users' personal data, and high-level strategies to think about in the dawn of the EU's new GDPR law.
March 23, 2018
Under the Radar 124: Sleep++ and Permission Prompts
The development and release of Sleep++ 3.0, and best practices for prompting the user for permission to access iOS-protected data or features.
March 16, 2018
Under the Radar 123: WWDC 2018 Preview, Watch Stats
Whether to sign up for a WWDC 2018 ticket and what to do if you don't get one, and the ramifications of David's latest Apple Watch usage stats.
March 8, 2018
Under the Radar 122: Ten Years of the iPhone SDK
Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the first iPhone SDK release, imagining alternate timelines that could have been, and remembering what we were doing ten years ago.
March 1, 2018
Under the Radar 121: Fear and Change
Considering the temptation and pitfalls of developing features out of fear of missing an opportunity. Also, how best to communicate changes to customers.
February 23, 2018
Under the Radar 120: Productivity by Inefficiency
Adopting inefficient hacks to save developer time, since hardware is so fast that it's often a worthwhile tradeoff.
February 15, 2018
Under the Radar 119: Second Locations
Considerations for travel, coffeeshops, offices, vacations, and other secondary work setups.
February 9, 2018
Under the Radar 118: Original Research
Tackling complex math, data analysis, or other challenging problems to give your app a competitive advantage.
February 1, 2018
Under the Radar 117: The iMac Pro
Desktops vs. laptops, single vs. multiple monitors, and how we're enjoying our iMac Pros so far.
January 25, 2018
Under the Radar 116: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 2
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 2, we cover health insurance, retirement planning, professional services, and other common expenses.
January 18, 2018
Under the Radar 115: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 1
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 1, we cover business entities, taxes, and income.
January 12, 2018
Under the Radar 114: Platform Wish List for 2018
What we're hoping to see from Apple's APIs and developer platforms in 2018.
January 5, 2018
Under the Radar 113: Grading the App Store in 2017
How the App Store's 2017 changes have panned out so far, and our hopes for 2018.
December 29, 2017
Under the Radar 112: Ideal vs. Pragmatic
Being pressured by users or reality into features or choices we don't think we should need to do.
December 21, 2017
Under the Radar 111: Universal Mac Apps?
Considering the potential benefits and ramifications of the rumored unified app framework between macOS and iOS.
December 14, 2017
Under the Radar 110: Workouts++ 2.0 Launch Diary
David keeps a diary of what the day was like while he launched Workouts++ 2.0. It didn't turn out exactly how he'd hoped.
December 8, 2017
Under the Radar 109: Search Ads in Practice
Our experiences and best practices we've found for App Store Search Ads after a year of use, and whether to use the new Search Ads Basic.
November 30, 2017
Under the Radar 108: Punch-List Mode
Getting from when you think it's 99% complete to being actually releasable.
November 22, 2017
Under the Radar 107: Free with Benefits
Possibilities for value when apps don't bring in money directly.
November 16, 2017
Under the Radar 106: Long Projects
Getting through long projects while maintaining motivation and perspective.
November 9, 2017
Under the Radar 105: iPhone X Reality
Rethinking designs now that we have the iPhone X in-hand.
November 2, 2017
Under the Radar 104: Public Beta Testing with Slack
Lessons from Overcast's public beta, and using Slack as a feedback and bug-reporting channel.
October 26, 2017
Under the Radar 103: Usability-First Design
Prioritizing usability over design trends — even Apple's.
October 19, 2017
Under the Radar 102: Procrastiworking
Procrastinating by working on other productive tasks instead of the big one we really don't want to do.
October 12, 2017
Under the Radar 101: Anchoring vs. Simplicity
Real-world results of switching in-app purchases from multiple price tiers to a single option.
October 5, 2017
Under the Radar 100: Longevity
How to view and start projects that have a good chance of making it to episode 100.
September 28, 2017
Under the Radar 99: Effecting Change
Trying to get Apple to change something, and knowing what you can and can’t change.
September 20, 2017
Under the Radar 98: The Accidental Episode
An "off-the-air" discussion working through the challenges of standalone Apple Watch podcast playback.
September 15, 2017
Under the Radar 97: iPhone X and LTE Watches
New design challenges to tackle for the iPhone X, and new potential unlocked by the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.
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