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October 14, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss Mac Catalyst, the technology for bringing iPad apps to the Mac, and round up some of their favorite Mac Catalyst apps that have been released so far.
October 7, 2019
Federico helps John set up an iPod touch as a media companion for watching TV and movies, enjoying music, and controlling HomeKit devices.
September 30, 2019
This week, Federico and John cover the all-new MacStories Shortcuts Icons, a set of 300 custom icons for shortcuts that you can add to your Home screen and then revisit Apple Arcade in the wake of its public launch discussing some of their favorite games so far.
September 23, 2019
There are major changes to Shortcuts in iOS and iPadOS 13 and coming on September 24th with iOS and iPadOS 13.1. Federico and John explore what the changes mean to third-party apps, who’s using them, and what it means to users.
September 19, 2019
Federico’s iOS and iPadOS 13 review is out, so we’ve got a special episode of AppStories all about the big-picture changes to the OSes, the evolution of Shortcuts into a Siri development tool supported by third-party developers, the balancing act Apple performs when updating apps distributed to hundreds of millions of users, and lots of interesting little details about iOS and iPadOS 13.
September 16, 2019
This week, Federico and John dive into the new and updated apps announced at Apple’s fall keynote including Compass, Camera, and the upcoming Apple Arcade game subscription service.
September 9, 2019
This week, Federico and John introduce the fourth anniversary of Club MacStories and then discuss the changes coming to iOS and iPadOS 13’s share sheet and how it has begun to change how they use it.
September 2, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss why they’ve both returned to Apple Mail after years of looking for a better email solution.
August 26, 2019
This week, Federico and John cover Apple’s new second-screen feature coming to macOS Catalina and iOS 13 in the fall and what it means for both platforms.
August 19, 2019
This week, John is joined by his MacStories colleague Ryan Christoffel to talk about the big changes coming to Apple Maps this fall with iOS 13.
August 12, 2019
This week, John is joined by Casey Liss to dig into the big changes coming to CarPlay in iOS 13 and the story behind Vignette, Casey’s app for assigning profile pictures to contacts.
August 5, 2019
This week, Federico and John consider the state of Apple’s built-in apps and whether it’s getting harder for third-party developers to compete with them.
July 29, 2019
This week, Federico and John talk about pro app subscriptions in the context of the recently-released flight tracker, Flighty, and the new home automation possibilities available when combining new features of iOS 13 with an app/service like Pushover.
July 22, 2019
This week, Federico provides an update on the progress he’s made on his iOS 13 review, and then he and John dig into how travel affects the apps and gear they use.
July 15, 2019
This week, Federico and John take a close look at the upcoming changes to the Photos app on iOS and the Mac.
July 8, 2019
This week, Federico and John look at the strange assortment of apps they’ve downloaded recently.
July 1, 2019
This week, Federico and John continue their series of episodes on the new and updated apps coming from Apple in the fall with Reminders.
June 24, 2019
This week, Federico and John dig into the role of Catalyst in Apple’s Mac and iPad strategy expanding on Catalyst Can Rescue the Mac and Grow the iPad, a story John wrote on MacStories.
June 17, 2019
This week, Federico and John start a series of episodes on the new and updated apps coming to iOS and macOS Catalina in the fall starting with Notes.
June 11, 2019
This week, Federico and John are joined by MacStories colleague Alex Guyot in San Jose where they talk about the upcoming Notes, Reminders, Apple Watch, and Shortcuts updates coming in the fall.
June 6, 2019
This week, Federico and John are in San Jose attending WWDC where Federico sat down with Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering to talk about Apple’s new developer tools like Catalyst and SwiftUI, as well as iPadOS.
May 27, 2019
This week, Federico and John talk about one of their favorite new iOS apps: Timery, a client app for Toggl’s time tracking service. They also preview Dialog, a new seasonal podcast from MacStories featuring weekly, in-depth conversations with special guests about the impact of technology on creativity, society, and culture, which debuts on May 28th.
May 21, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss the process of creating Federico’s story, Beyond the Tablet: Seven Years of iPad as My Main Computer and some of the topics from the story; later, they are joined by Brian King who worked with Federico on the introductory animation and 3D-rendered images throughout the story.
May 13, 2019
This week, Federico and John share their thoughts on the latest iOS 13 app rumors reported by Mark Gurman and 9to5Mac and other features and updates they’d like to see Apple implement this year.
May 6, 2019
This week, Federico and John revisit their discussion of the breakup of iTunes from Episode 21 in light of the latest Marzipan rumors.
April 29, 2019
This week, Federico and John take a deep dive into two apps they’ve been using a lot lately, Moment Pro Camera and the recently-released MindNode 6.
April 22, 2019
This week, Federico and John talk about their new Mac minis, the very different ways they use them, and the apps they rely on the most.
April 15, 2019
This week, to mark MacStories’ 10th anniversary, John interviews Federico about how MacStories got started, what led to the MacStories that readers know today, and what’s in store for the site and other MacStories properties in the future.
April 8, 2019
This week, Federico and John take a close look at the apps and services announced by Apple at its March 25th services event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino including the TV app, News, Apple Arcade, and Apple Card.
April 1, 2019
This week, Federico and John cover pro iOS audio, photography, video, and art apps that stretch the platform and discuss where the OS is holding them back.
March 25, 2019
This week, Federico and John continue their discussion of iOS 13 wishes, this time focussing on HomeKit and Shortcuts.
March 18, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss their favorite reading apps including Apple Books, Kindle, Comixology, Shonen Jump and Apple News.
March 11, 2019
This week, Federico and John dive back into their collections of iOS and Mac utilities and discuss four more favorites.
March 4, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss their iOS 13 wishes for the Files app and iPad home screen.
February 25, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss some of the trends they expect will drive app development on iOS and the Mac this year and into the future.
February 18, 2019
This week, Federico and John each pick an aspect of their MacStories work and break down the apps, workflows, and processes they use to accomplish it.
February 11, 2019
This week, Federico and John dive into Federico’s experiments in mixed iOS and Mac automation for controlling his Mac mini, iTunes, and podcasting setup.
February 4, 2019
This week, Federico and John dive into their collections of iOS and Mac utilities and discuss some favorites.
January 28, 2019
This week, Federico and John consider Apple’s latest iPad ads and provide suggestions of other third-party apps the company could use to show off its hardware.
January 21, 2019
This week, Federico and John interview Yarrow Cheney, whose animated feature film credits include directing The Grinch and The Secret Life of Pets and production design for the Despicable Me movies and The Lorax, about the role the iPad plays in his filmmaking process.
January 14, 2019
This week, we interview Edwin Smith of Feral Interactive, the developer and publisher of Mac and iOS games about the design challenges of bringing complex desktop games to the iPad and iPhone.
January 7, 2019
This week, Federico and John discuss the themes that run throughout their 2018 iOS and Mac must-have apps and what they mean for 2019.
December 17, 2018
This week, Federico and John unveil the MacStories team’s 2018 MacStories Selects for Best New App, Best New Game, and Best App Update.
December 10, 2018
This week, Federico and John explore the apps they use for planning everything from the upcoming year to the week ahead.
December 3, 2018
This week, Federico and John take on iOS photography by discussing some of their favorite RAW camera apps and photo editors.
November 26, 2018
This week, Federico and John take iOS for a car ride covering CarPlay, Do Not Disturb, in-car dongles, and automation.
November 19, 2018
This week, Federico and John talk about the extra RAM in the 1TB iPad Pro, external display confusion, and John’s return to the iPad Pro after a summer of using the 9.7-inch iPad.
November 12, 2018
This week, Federico and John go in-depth on two apps they’ve been using a lot recently: Grocery, a grocery shopping list app, and HomeRun, an Apple Watch app for triggering HomeKit scenes.
November 5, 2018
This week, Federico and John talk about the new iPad Pros announced at the event held by Apple in Brooklyn, New York, the apps announced onstage and that Federico tried in the hands-on area, Apple’s dubious comparison of the iPad GPU to the Xbox One S, and the first-party apps they expected but didn’t see.
October 29, 2018
This week, Federico and John talk about some of the ways they personalize and tweak their iOS setups, including wallpapers, widgets, control center, share sheet, app icons, and more.
October 22, 2018
This week, Federico and John go over more of their favorite shortcuts, focusing on web API-based shortcuts and creating menus to organize and launch shortcuts.
October 15, 2018
This week, Federico and John discuss some of their most frequently-used shortcuts for work and their personal lives.
October 8, 2018
This week, Federico and John talk about how they’ve set up their new Series 4 Apple Watches including the complications they use, new apps they are trying, and what’s in their Watch docks.
October 1, 2018
This week, Federico and John consider what the new Marzipan apps in Mojave may mean for the future of apps on all of Apple’s hardware platforms.
September 24, 2018
This week, Federico and John discuss more of their favorite iOS and watchOS app debuts and updates highlighting iOS 12 and watchOS 5 features.
September 17, 2018
This week, Federico and John dig into some of their favorite iOS app debuts and updates highlighting iOS 12 features.
September 10, 2018
This week, Federico and John explore Twitter clients, other specialized Twitter apps, and how they use them.
September 3, 2018
This week, Federico and John take a look at apps that integrate with Apple’s iOS Reminders app, which besides being a default app, is also a system framework.
August 27, 2018
Federico returns from vacation to discuss the share sheet extensions that he and John use on their iOS devices.
August 20, 2018
John is joined by Merlin Mann to discuss managing family tech use and the upcoming iOS 12 Screen Time family features.
August 13, 2018
John is joined by Alex Cox in an attempt to fix his messy iPhone screens.
August 6, 2018
John is joined by Stephen Hackett to compare and discuss their Mac menu bar apps.
July 30, 2018
Federico and John consider the elements that make an app a pro app.
July 23, 2018
Federico and John discuss the world of apps for viewing, organizing, marking up, editing, and creating PDFs.
July 16, 2018
Federico and John discuss the apps they use to manage large projects like the MacStories and AppStories coverage of the App Store’s 10th anniversary and Apple’s fall OS releases.
July 15, 2018
Federico and John are joined by Team Alto members Ryan Cash and Harry Nesbitt.
July 14, 2018
Federico and John interview Michael Flarup and Marc Edwards about iOS app design.
July 13, 2018
Federico and John are joined by independent game developer Zach Gage the creator of hit games like Ridiculous Fishing, SpellTower, Really Bad Chess, Typeshift, Flipflop Solitaire, and Pocket Run Pool to discuss the App Store’s effect on gaming.
July 12, 2018
Federico and John interview Becky Hansmeyer, the creator of Snapthread and Heidi Helen Pilypas, the designer of Stamp Pack and the upcoming Capsicum.
July 11, 2018
Federico and John interview Marco Arment, the creator or Instapaper and Overcast and David Smith who has many apps including health and fitness apps such as Pedometer++, Workouts++, Activity++, and Sleep++ about building sustainable businesses over the past decade of the App Store.
July 10, 2018
Federico and John interview Craig Hockenberry of The Iconfactory and James Thomson, the creator of PCalc and DragThing, about the earliest days of the App Store.
July 9, 2018
It’s storytime on AppStories. Federico and John tell some of their favorite personal stories about apps and the App Store.
July 2, 2018
Federico and John clear up confusion about SiriKit and discuss the apps that support it.
June 25, 2018
Federico and John take a close look at the tools coming in iOS 12 to help monitor and control time spent on iOS devices and compare those to what they wished for in Episode 56.
June 18, 2018
Federico and John discuss the new and updated apps announced at WWDC 2018.
June 11, 2018
Federico and John discuss the apps on their current iPhone X Home screens.
June 4, 2018
Federico and John look at what Apple could do to use iOS and its large developer community to revitalize the Mac app ecosystem.
May 28, 2018
Federico and John go in-depth on two recently-updated apps. In this installment of Pick 2, Federico covers Spark 2, which has added app integrations into the iOS version and team collaboration to the iOS and Mac versions while John covers 1Password 7 for the Mac, a significant redesign that expands the functionality and flexibility of features like Watchtower and Vaults.
May 21, 2018
Federico and John talk about managing time spent on smartphones, including what manufacturers like Apple and Google are doing to address the issue, what users can do, and how they deal with being on their iPhones too much.
May 14, 2018
Federico and John discuss their wishes for Apple’s iOS system apps.
May 7, 2018
Federico and John pick two apps they use regularly to discuss. In this installment of Pick 2, John covers GoodNotes and how he uses it for planning and editing, and Federico explains how he and the MacStories team use Working Copy to collaborate on articles.
April 30, 2018
Federico and John cover how they use the Apple TV and highlight a handful of notable Apple TV apps.
April 23, 2018
Federico and John consider the pros and cons of do-everything and single-purpose apps.
April 16, 2018
Federico and John conclude their series on information overload with a discussion of how they save content for consumption later.
April 9, 2018
In part one of a two-part topic, Federico and John explore the apps they use to manage information overload and interruptions.
April 2, 2018
Federico and John take a deeper look at two favorite apps. In this installment: Bear and DEVONthink.
March 26, 2018
Federico and John interview filmmaker and YouTuber James Rath, who is legally blind, about accessibility on Apple’s platforms.
March 19, 2018
Federico and John look at the apps Apple has acquired over the years and where they are now.
March 12, 2018
Federico and John look back at where health, fitness, and quantified self apps have been, where they’re going, and how hardware and software advancements are changing the way we track and gain insights about our health and fitness.
March 5, 2018
Federico and John interview two members of Team Alto, Harry Nesbitt and Ryan Cash, about Alto’s Adventure, the challenges they faced in following it up with Alto’s Odyssey, the creative process of making games, and the mobile game industry.
February 26, 2018
Federico and John talk about the trends and app culture surrounding mindfulness and meditation apps.
February 19, 2018
Federico and John follow up their RSS app and service episode with a closer look at how each of them uses RSS for work and pleasure reading.
February 12, 2018
The RSS sync service and reader app landscape makes it difficult to find the perfect combination of features for the way you read the news. Federico and John sift through the many options and highlight what they look for in modern iOS and Mac RSS clients.
February 5, 2018
Nearly five months into iOS 11, Federico and John take a look at how iOS 11 has changed not only the way they work, but also how it has impacted their use of lifestyle, health and fitness, media consumption, and other types of apps.
January 29, 2018
Federico and John discuss their TV and movie watching habits, hardware, and how they use apps as part of the process.
January 22, 2018
The Mac App Store has fallen behind the iOS App Store. Federico and John discuss the Store’s problems and consider how Apple might address them.
January 15, 2018
Federico and John interview James Thomson about the origins of PCalc and DragThing, life as an indie developer, selling apps on the App Store and Mac App Store, and more.
January 8, 2018
Federico and John discuss the features that their ideal iOS and Mac email clients would have and what they are using now.
December 18, 2017
Federico and John discuss app pre-orders, a new feature introduced by Apple that has interesting implications for developers and their customers.
December 11, 2017
Federico and John interview Christian Selig, the creator of the popular iOS Reddit client Apollo about the development and design of the app, incorporating Redditors’ feedback, the complexities inherent in building a Reddit app, and working in Swift.
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