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August 10, 2020
This week Federico and John interview developer David Smith about watchOS, widgets, what the announcements at WWDC this year mean for developers and users, and David’s apps, including a new one he’s working on for the fall.
August 3, 2020
This week Federico and John are joined by Guilherme Rambo for the first interview of the MacStories Summer OS Preview Series to talk about Mac Catalyst, SwiftUI, Apple Silicon, the App Store and more.
July 27, 2020
This week Federico and John consider what makes an app’s design great, the balance between form and function, and some of our favorite app designs.
July 20, 2020
This week Federico and John bring back an AppStories classic: Pick 2, an in-depth look at two apps. In this installment, Federico explains why he has been revisiting Castro for listening to podcasts, and John covers the evolution of Grammarly into a terrific grammar and spell-checking app for writers.
July 13, 2020
This week John is joined by Relay FM co-founder Myke Hurley to talk about the apps he uses to stay in touch with the hosts of the network’s shows and manage sponsorship sales, show research, episode production, and more.
July 6, 2020
This week Federico and John interview the creators of three 2020 Apple Design Award winning apps and games: Majd Taby of Darkroom, Sam Rosenthal of Where Cards Fall, and Jenova Chen of Sky: Children of the Light.
June 29, 2020
This week Federico and John cover updates coming to Messages, Home, Notes, Reminders, and Safari this fall.
June 26, 2020
Wrapping up AppStories’ WWDC coverage, Federico and John talk Apple Silicon, the macOS redesign, and dig into the many changes to Shortcuts.
June 25, 2020
In today’s special daily WWDC 2020 episode, Federico and John report on their first two days using the iOS and iPadOS 14 betas, obsess about some of their favorite small details, and examine App Clips.
June 24, 2020
In today’s special daily WWDC 2020 episode, Federico and John look at widgets, the dynamic, but not interactive, extensions available in iPhone, iPad, and Mac apps that provide new ways to deliver quick, glanceable updates to users.
June 23, 2020
In today’s first WWDC 2020 episode, Federico and John cover the highlights of Apple’s keynote, including widgets, the App Library, App Clips, and design changes in iOS 14, system-wide sidebars and Apple Pencil updates in iPadOS 14, sleep tracking and the Fitness app in watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur’s big redesign, Safari, and the transition to Apple Silicon.
June 15, 2020
This week Federico and John cover the latest news about WWDC and conclude their WWDC wishes series with a look at iOS, including Messages, Files, Shortcuts, the share sheet, the App Store, and more.
June 8, 2020
This week Federico and John continue their WWDC wishes series with a look at macOS, including the bug fixes, system-level changes, and Apple app enhancements they would like to see at WWDC this year.
June 1, 2020
This week, Federico and John share their wishes for watchOS and tvOS including a fitness app, more customization and complication options, APIs for third-party TV remotes, and more.
May 25, 2020
This week, Federico and John, who have been spending too many of their waking hours investigating research apps on iPadOS and the Mac, discuss the features and approaches they’d like to see in an ideal research app or suite of apps.
May 18, 2020
This week, Federico and John share their wishes for iPadOS including audio source control, multitasking, external display support, Search, keyboard and trackpad support, and more.
May 11, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss the evolution of Apple’s platforms and the new generation apps that are emerging across every platform from the Apple Watch to the Mac and embracing those new technologies and business models.
May 7, 2020
In this special episode of AppStories, Federico interviews Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi about iPadOS, pointer support, and more.
May 4, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss the apps Federico uses to research, write, and edit his annual iOS and iPadOS review, including the changes he anticipates making this year and the new apps he’s considering.
April 27, 2020
This week, Federico and John dig into the utility grab bag to cover eight more of their favorite iOS and iPadOS utility apps.
April 20, 2020
This week, Federico and John look back at the origins of clipboard apps on iOS, how they’ve evolved, and the apps they’re currently using on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac to save snippets of information for use elsewhere.
April 13, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss their approaches to digital spring cleaning.
April 6, 2020
This week, Federico and John recap MacStories’ iPad at 10 coverage and then compare notes on the research apps they use and approaches they take when working on a big project.
March 30, 2020
This week, Federico and John kick off MacStories’ celebration of the 10th anniversary of the iPad’s launch with an episode that reflects on the device’s history, its place in Apple’s product lineup, and the iPad as a modular computing device.
March 23, 2020
This week, Federico and John talk about how the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way they relax, work, and approach their days.
March 16, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss apps they’d like to see Apple build into iOS and iPadOS 14.
March 9, 2020
This week, Federico and John explore some of their favorite iOS and iPadOS utility apps.
March 2, 2020
This week, Federico and John revisit the topic of app subscriptions and what they’ve learned in the nearly three years since they covered subscriptions in episode 5.
February 24, 2020
This week, Federico and John explore how Apple is increasingly blending services with its apps, where the mix has worked, where it hasn’t, and where they expect the trend will lead next.
February 17, 2020
This week, Federico and John explore how they approach testing unfamiliar apps and workflows.
February 10, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss the updates to Apple’s OSes and developer tools, the changes to the app economy they signal, and the impact they’ll have on users and developers.
February 3, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss the features and technologies that go into building a modern iOS or iPadOS app with examples of some of their favorite implementations.
January 27, 2020
This week, Federico and John look back at the introduction of the iPad ten years ago, the apps announced onstage, and how the iPad’s app story has changed over the past decade.
January 20, 2020
This week, Federico and John tackle music discovery apps, third-party music players, websites, and MusicBot.
January 13, 2020
This week, Federico and John cover Shortcuts utilities including Toolbox Pro, Pushcut, and LaunchCuts. They also preview an upcoming Shortcuts utility from Simon Stovring called Data Jar and explain the difference between Shortcuts, shortcuts, Siri Shortcuts, and other terminology.
January 6, 2020
This week, Federico and John discuss the sort of sophisticated web apps that can be used with Safari on iPadOS 13 and share a bunch of tips and tricks based on Apple’s latest updates to Safari.
December 18, 2019
This week on AppStories, Federico and John reveal the 2019 MacStories Selects Awards.
December 9, 2019
This week, we share our 2020 wishes for Apple’s system apps on iOS and the Mac.
December 2, 2019
This week, Federico and John cover one of their favorite RSS client for the Mac and iOS: Reeder by Silvio Rizzi.
November 25, 2019
This week, Federico and John dive into their favorite HomeKit devices, apps, and automations.
November 18, 2019
This week, Federico and John are joined by developer Zac Cohan, the creator of Soulver, a combination notepad and calculator that reimagines how calculations are made on the Mac and iOS.
November 11, 2019
This week, Federico and John share their thoughts on Apple’s new TV+ video streaming TV app, including what works, what doesn’t, and ways they think it could be improved.
November 4, 2019
This week, in what has become an annual tradition, Federico and John talk about how they’ve set up their Apple Watches, including the complications they use, the third-party apps on which they rely, and what’s in their Watch docks.
October 28, 2019
This week, Federico and John talk about GameClub, the classic iOS game service that launched last week, and some of the shortcuts they’ve been working on lately.
October 21, 2019
This week, Federico and John interview James Thomson, the creator of PCalc and Dice, for a developer’s perspective on Mac Catalyst and go behind the scenes of Federico’s iPhone 11 Pro camera story, Eternal City, Modern Photography: The iPhone 11 Pro in Rome.
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.
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