Federico Viticci, John Voorhees

AppStories

AppStories

Description

AppStories is a weekly exploration of the world of apps by MacStories' Federico Viticci and John Voorhees. Each week, they discuss the best new apps, the impact of apps on our culture, and cover the stories behind popular apps. Hosted by Federico Viticci and John Voorhees.

Link: appstories.net

Categories

Technology

Episodes

151 – Apple’s Blending of Apps and Services

Feb 24, 2020 00:43:00

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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.

150 – Experimenting with New Tools and Workflows

Feb 17, 2020 00:43:37

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This week, Federico and John explore how they approach testing unfamiliar apps and workflows.

149 – The Beta Releases that Will Change the App Economy

Feb 10, 2020 00:39:41

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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.

148 – The Elements of Modern iOS and iPadOS Apps

Feb 3, 2020 00:48:31

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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.

147 – The Apps That Defined the iPad

Jan 27, 2020 00:58:56

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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.

146 – Music Discovery Apps, Websites, and MusicBot

Jan 20, 2020 00:48:03

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This week, Federico and John tackle music discovery apps, third-party music players, websites, and MusicBot.

145 – Shortcuts Utility Apps

Jan 13, 2020 00:41:40

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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.

144 – Getting More Out of Safari for iPadOS

Jan 6, 2020 00:53:17

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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.

143 – The 2019 MacStories Selects Awards

Dec 18, 2019 00:52:06

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This week on AppStories, Federico and John reveal the 2019 MacStories Selects Awards.

142 – Our 2020 App Wishes

Dec 9, 2019 00:48:21

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This week, we share our 2020 wishes for Apple’s system apps on iOS and the Mac.

141 – Pick 2: Reeder for the Mac and iOS

Dec 2, 2019 00:47:22

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This week, Federico and John cover one of their favorite RSS clients for the Mac and iOS: Reeder by Silvio Rizzi.

140 – Our Favorite HomeKit Gear, Apps, and Automations

Nov 25, 2019 00:47:05

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This week, Federico and John dive into their favorite HomeKit devices, apps, and automations.

139 – Interview: How Soulver Reimagined the Calculator with Its Creator, Zac Cohan

Nov 18, 2019 00:49:15

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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.

138 – Rethinking Apple’s TV App in Light of TV+

Nov 11, 2019 00:39:30

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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.

137 – Our Third Annual Apple Watch Check-In

Nov 4, 2019 00:47:25

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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.

136 – GameClub and a Shortcuts Update

Oct 28, 2019 00:44:20

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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.

135 – Mac Catalyst with James Thomson Plus Federico’s iPhone 11 Pro Camera Story

Oct 21, 2019 00:46:51

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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.

134 – Mac Catalyst and the First Wave of Apps Built with It

Oct 14, 2019 00:40:47

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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.

133 – Building an iOS Media Companion

Oct 7, 2019 00:41:10

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Federico helps John set up an iPod touch as a media companion for watching TV and movies, enjoying music, and controlling HomeKit devices.

132 – Apple Arcade: The Launch and Favorite Games

Sep 30, 2019 00:46:50

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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.

131 – Shortcuts and Third-Party Apps

Sep 23, 2019 00:43:54

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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.

130 – iOS and iPadOS 13: The MacStories Review

Sep 19, 2019 00:50:16

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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.

129 – The Apps of Apple’s Fall Event

Sep 16, 2019 00:37:48

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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.

128 – Organizing iOS 13’s New Share Sheet

Sep 9, 2019 00:49:54

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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.

127 – Returning to Apple Mail

Sep 2, 2019 00:39:50

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This week, Federico and John discuss why they’ve both returned to Apple Mail after years of looking for a better email solution.

126 – Sidecar

Aug 26, 2019 00:31:28

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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.

125 – Apple Maps in iOS 13 with Ryan Christoffel

Aug 19, 2019 00:40:31

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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.

124 – CarPlay in iOS 13 and Vignette with Casey Liss

Aug 12, 2019 00:49:39

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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.

123 – Is Competing with Apple’s iOS Apps Getting Tougher?

Aug 5, 2019 00:30:17

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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.

122 – Pick 2: Flighty and Pushover

Jul 29, 2019 00:32:15

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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.

121 – How Travel Affects The Apps and Gear We Use

Jul 22, 2019 00:34:46

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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.

120 – Changes to Photos Coming in iOS 13 and Catalina

Jul 15, 2019 00:45:00

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This week, Federico and John take a close look at the upcoming changes to the Photos app on iOS and the Mac.

119 – You Downloaded What?

Jul 8, 2019 00:34:10

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This week, Federico and John look at the strange assortment of apps they’ve downloaded recently.

118 – Reminders in iOS 13

Jul 1, 2019 00:31:09

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This week, Federico and John continue their series of episodes on the new and updated apps coming from Apple in the fall with Reminders.

117 – Catalyst to the Rescue

Jun 24, 2019 00:39:37

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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.

116 – Notes in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

Jun 17, 2019 00:35:58

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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.

115 – WWDC 2019 App-tacular

Jun 11, 2019 00:37:40

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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.

114 – Craig Federighi: The AppStories Interview

Jun 6, 2019 00:48:22

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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.

113 – Timery for Toggl Plus a Dialog Sneak Peek

May 27, 2019 00:38:56

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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.

112 – Behind the Scenes of Federico’s iPad Story

May 21, 2019 00:58:57

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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.

111 – iOS 13 App Rumors and Wishes

May 13, 2019 00:33:53

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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.

110 – Revisiting the Breakup of iTunes

May 6, 2019 00:30:29

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This week, Federico and John revisit their discussion of the breakup of iTunes from Episode 21 in light of the latest Marzipan rumors.

109 – Pick 2: Moment and MindNode

Apr 29, 2019 00:35:08

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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.

108 – Our New Mac mini Setups

Apr 22, 2019 00:38:51

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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.

107 – Interview: Ten Years of MacStories with Federico Viticci

Apr 15, 2019 01:30:50

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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.

106 – The Apps of Apple’s March 25 Services Event

Apr 8, 2019 00:36:35

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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.

105 – Pro iPad Apps and Where iOS Holds Them Back

Apr 1, 2019 00:33:42

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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.

104 – iOS Wish List Part 2 – HomeKit and Shortcuts

Mar 25, 2019 00:31:47

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This week, Federico and John continue their discussion of iOS 13 wishes, this time focussing on HomeKit and Shortcuts.

103 – Reading Apps

Mar 18, 2019 00:32:25

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This week, Federico and John discuss their favorite reading apps including Apple Books, Kindle, Comixology, Shonen Jump and Apple News.

102 – Utility Grab Bag, Part 2

Mar 11, 2019 00:29:08

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This week, Federico and John dive back into their collections of iOS and Mac utilities and discuss four more favorites.

101 – iOS 13 Wish List Part 1: Files and the iPad Home Screen

Mar 4, 2019 00:29:51

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This week, Federico and John discuss their iOS 13 wishes for the Files app and iPad home screen.

100 – App Trends

Feb 25, 2019 00:34:30

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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.

99 – Pick 2: Everyday Workflows

Feb 18, 2019 00:31:00

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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.

98 – Mixed iOS/Mac Automation

Feb 11, 2019 00:42:00

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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.

97 – Utility App Grab Bag

Feb 4, 2019 00:34:51

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This week, Federico and John dive into their collections of iOS and Mac utilities and discuss some favorites.

96 – Alternatives to Apple’s App Short List

Jan 28, 2019 00:36:57

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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.

95 – Interview: Directing Animated Feature Films Using an iPad Pro with Yarrow Cheney

Jan 21, 2019 00:44:15

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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.

94 – Interview: iOS Game Design with Edwin Smith of Feral Interactive

Jan 14, 2019 00:37:16

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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.

93 – 2019 Themes from Our Must-Have iOS and Mac Apps

Jan 7, 2019 00:37:58

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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.

92 – Introducing the 2018 MacStories Selects

Dec 17, 2018 00:37:52

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This week, Federico and John unveil the MacStories team’s 2018 MacStories Selects for Best New App, Best New Game, and Best App Update.

91 – Apps for Planning Projects Big and Small

Dec 10, 2018 00:39:59

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This week, Federico and John explore the apps they use for planning everything from the upcoming year to the week ahead.

90 – Taking iOS Photography Further with RAW Camera Apps and Editors

Dec 3, 2018 00:35:36

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This week, Federico and John take on iOS photography by discussing some of their favorite RAW camera apps and photo editors.

89 – iOS and Apps in the Car

Nov 26, 2018 00:36:52

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This week, Federico and John take iOS for a car ride covering CarPlay, Do Not Disturb, in-car dongles, and automation.

88 – Returning to the iPad Pro

Nov 19, 2018 00:39:11

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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.

87 – Pick 2: Grocery and HomeRun

Nov 12, 2018 00:29:39

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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.

86 – Apps and the New iPad Pro

Nov 5, 2018 00:38:23

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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.

85 – iOS Personalization and Customization

Oct 29, 2018 00:35:56

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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.

84 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 2

Oct 22, 2018 00:32:04

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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.

83 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 1

Oct 15, 2018 00:35:05

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This week, Federico and John discuss some of their most frequently-used shortcuts for work and their personal lives.

82 – Our Apple Watch Faces, Complications, and Docks

Oct 8, 2018 00:38:25

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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.

81 – Mac and iOS App Convergence

Oct 1, 2018 00:32:58

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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.

80 – Our Favorite Apps with iOS 12 Features (Part 2)

Sep 24, 2018 00:30:55

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This week, Federico and John discuss more of their favorite iOS and watchOS app debuts and updates highlighting iOS 12 and watchOS 5 features.

79 – Our Favorite Apps with iOS 12 Features (Part 1)

Sep 17, 2018 00:32:11

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This week, Federico and John dig into some of their favorite iOS app debuts and updates highlighting iOS 12 features.

78 – Exploring Twitter Apps

Sep 10, 2018 00:37:16

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This week, Federico and John explore Twitter clients, other specialized Twitter apps, and how they use them.

77 – Expanding Apple’s Reminders with Third-Party Apps

Sep 3, 2018 00:32:13

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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.

76 – Our Favorite Share Sheet Extensions

Aug 27, 2018 00:33:48

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Federico returns from vacation to discuss the share sheet extensions that he and John use on their iOS devices.

75 – I Set Up a Fake Child

Aug 20, 2018 00:45:11

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John is joined by Merlin Mann to discuss managing family tech use and the upcoming iOS 12 Screen Time family features.

74 – Fixing John’s Mixed Up, Messed Up, Broken Home Screen

Aug 13, 2018 00:35:54

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John is joined by Alex Cox in an attempt to fix his messy iPhone screens.

73 – Show Me Your Mac Menu Bar Apps

Aug 6, 2018 00:35:29

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John is joined by Stephen Hackett to compare and discuss their Mac menu bar apps.

72 – What Makes an App a Pro App?

Jul 30, 2018 00:34:40

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Federico and John consider the elements that make an app a pro app.

71 – PDF Apps

Jul 23, 2018 00:33:04

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Federico and John discuss the world of apps for viewing, organizing, marking up, editing, and creating PDFs.

70 – Apps for Managing Big Projects

Jul 16, 2018 00:40:37

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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.

69 – An Interview with Ryan Cash and Harry Nesbitt of Team Alto

Jul 15, 2018 00:40:56

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Federico and John are joined by Team Alto members Ryan Cash and Harry Nesbitt.

68 – Interviews with Michael Flarup and Marc Edwards

Jul 14, 2018 00:56:42

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Federico and John interview Michael Flarup and Marc Edwards about iOS app design.

67 – An Interview with Zach Gage

Jul 13, 2018 00:45:38

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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.

66 – Interviews with Becky Hansmeyer and Heidi Helen Pilypas

Jul 12, 2018 00:44:53

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Federico and John interview Becky Hansmeyer, the creator of Snapthread and Heidi Helen Pilypas, the designer of Stamp Pack and the upcoming Capsicum.

65 – An Interview with Marco Arment and David Smith

Jul 11, 2018 01:02:39

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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.

64 – An Interview with Craig Hockenberry and James Thomson

Jul 10, 2018 00:56:41

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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.

63 – App Store Storytime

Jul 9, 2018 00:30:32

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It’s storytime on AppStories. Federico and John tell some of their favorite personal stories about apps and the App Store.

62 – Demystifying SiriKit

Jul 2, 2018 00:33:54

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Federico and John clear up confusion about SiriKit and discuss the apps that support it.

61 – Attention Revisited: iOS 12 Notifications, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Time

Jun 25, 2018 00:33:38

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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.

60 – The Apps of WWDC 2018

Jun 18, 2018 00:38:39

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Federico and John discuss the new and updated apps announced at WWDC 2018.

59 – Our iPhone X Home Screens

Jun 11, 2018 00:35:53

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Federico and John discuss the apps on their current iPhone X Home screens.

58 – Imagining What iOS Could Do for Mac Apps

Jun 4, 2018 00:26:20

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Federico and John look at what Apple could do to use iOS and its large developer community to revitalize the Mac app ecosystem.

57 – Pick 2: Spark 2 and 1Password 7 for Mac

May 28, 2018 00:37:06

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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.

56 – Controlling The Time Spent on Your iPhone

May 21, 2018 00:32:26

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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.

55 – iOS System Apps Wish List

May 14, 2018 00:31:29

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Federico and John discuss their wishes for Apple’s iOS system apps.

54 – Pick 2: GoodNotes and Working Copy

May 7, 2018 00:28:19

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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.

53 – In Search of Apple TV Apps

Apr 30, 2018 00:31:02

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Federico and John cover how they use the Apple TV and highlight a handful of notable Apple TV apps.

52 – Do-Everything vs. Single-Purpose Apps

Apr 23, 2018 00:37:44

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Federico and John consider the pros and cons of do-everything and single-purpose apps.

51 – TMI: Saving Content for Later

Apr 16, 2018 00:31:59

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Federico and John conclude their series on information overload with a discussion of how they save content for consumption later.

50 – TMI: Managing the Information Firehose

Apr 9, 2018 00:31:03

Description:

In part one of a two-part topic, Federico and John explore the apps they use to manage information overload and interruptions.

49 – Pick 2: Bear and DEVONthink

Apr 2, 2018 00:38:34

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Federico and John take a deeper look at two favorite apps. In this installment: Bear and DEVONthink.

48 – Interview: Accessibility with Filmmaker James Rath

Mar 26, 2018 00:33:35

Description:

Federico and John interview filmmaker and YouTuber James Rath, who is legally blind, about accessibility on Apple’s platforms.

47 – Apple App Acquisitions

Mar 19, 2018 00:35:28

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Federico and John look at the apps Apple has acquired over the years and where they are now.

46 – App Culture: Health, Fitness, and Quantified Self Apps

Mar 12, 2018 00:35:51

Description:

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.

45 – An Interview with Harry Nesbitt and Ryan Cash About Alto’s Odyssey

Mar 5, 2018 00:37:17

Description:

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.

44 – App Culture: Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

Feb 26, 2018 00:30:59

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Federico and John talk about the trends and app culture surrounding mindfulness and meditation apps.

43 – How We Use RSS

Feb 19, 2018 00:30:56

Description:

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.

42 – RSS Services and Apps

Feb 12, 2018 00:38:52

Description:

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.

41 – iOS 11’s Effect on Our iOS Habits

Feb 5, 2018 00:38:23

Description:

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.

40 – How Apps Fit Into Our TV and Movie Watching

Jan 29, 2018 00:35:51

Description:

Federico and John discuss their TV and movie watching habits, hardware, and how they use apps as part of the process.

39 – The Mac App Store’s Problems

Jan 22, 2018 00:35:03

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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.

38 – An Interview with James Thomson, Creator of PCalc and DragThing

Jan 15, 2018 00:33:02

Description:

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.

37 – Our Ideal Email Client

Jan 8, 2018 00:42:17

Description:

Federico and John discuss the features that their ideal iOS and Mac email clients would have and what they are using now.

36 – The Impact of App Pre-Orders on Developers and Their Customers

Dec 18, 2017 00:34:02

Description:

Federico and John discuss app pre-orders, a new feature introduced by Apple that has interesting implications for developers and their customers.

35 – An Interview with Christian Selig, Creator of Reddit Client Apollo

Dec 11, 2017 00:28:36

Description:

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.

34 – Pick 2: Pixelmator Pro and Things 3

Dec 4, 2017 00:37:37

Description:

Federico and John pick two apps they’ve been experimenting with recently and discuss how it’s going so far. In this installment of Pick 2, John covers macOS image editor Pixelmator Pro, which was released last week, and Federico explains how he’s integrated Things 3 for iOS into recent projects.

33 – What’s on Our Apple Watches

Nov 27, 2017 00:30:16

Description:

Federico and John talk about the Apple Watch apps they use and how their use of the Watch has changed as the product has evolved.

32 – Apps and Good Intentions

Nov 20, 2017 00:32:58

Description:

Federico and John consider why some apps sit unused in ‘folders of good intentions’ on their iOS and macOS devices.

31 – What Makes an App Sticky?

Nov 13, 2017 00:38:16

Description:

Federico and John look at apps that have been designed for the iPhone X and consider what makes certain apps ‘sticky.’

30 – The Apps and Workflows We Use to Cover Apple Earnings Calls

Nov 6, 2017 00:34:31

Description:

Federico and John explain the apps and workflows they use to cover Apple earnings calls and then cover updates to Newsify on iOS and Twitterrific for macOS.

29 – Geeky macOS Apps

Oct 30, 2017 00:29:54

Description:

Federico and John dig into their favorite geeky macOS apps that they use for work and play.

28 – Interview: Automation and Apps with Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise

Oct 23, 2017 00:34:29

Description:

John interviews Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise about the origins of x-callback-url, iOS automation, Drafts, and Greg’s other apps.

27 – Music Services and Apps

Oct 16, 2017 00:28:13

Description:

Federico and John love music, so this week, they compare the apps and services they use to listen to, discover, and share music.

26 – Tips for Travelers

Oct 9, 2017 00:32:27

Description:

With Federico’s trip to the United States for the Release Notes conference just around the corner, he and John talk about the travel apps they use, from planning a trip, to getting around an unfamiliar city.

25 – iOS 11 Drag and Drop Apps

Oct 2, 2017 00:39:01

Description:

Federico and John talk about iOS 11’s drag and drop feature, examples of some of their favorite apps that implement it, and the apps they’d like to see add it next.

24 – Our Favorite iOS 11 Apps, Part 1

Sep 25, 2017 00:34:07

Description:

Federico and John give an update on the iOS 11 review and anniversary activities at MacStories and Club MacStories then talk about some of their favorite new apps and updates that show off the new capabilities of iOS 11.

23 – The Apps Behind Federico’s iOS 11 Review

Sep 20, 2017 00:44:39

Description:

Federico and John lift the curtain on some of the special events at MacStories and Club MacStories surrounding the release of iOS 11, discuss the removal of the App Store from iTunes on macOS, and dive into the apps Federico used to plan, research, write, and produce his iOS 11 review.

22 – Apps with a Human Touch

Sep 11, 2017 43:56

Description:

Federico and John discuss what’s left now that Federico is finished writing the text of his iOS 11 review, preview some of the upcoming coverage on MacStories and the upcoming second anniversary of Club MacStories, and consider the importance of little human touches that make apps by indie developers a delight to use.

21 – Breaking Up iTunes Is Hard to Do

Sep 4, 2017 37:16

Description:

Federico and John consider ways to break up iTunes into multiple apps that are designed to accommodate how media consumption has changed, but also account for legacy devices and uses.

20 – Ulysses’ Switch to Subscriptions and Apple’s to 64-Bit Apps

Aug 28, 2017 36:33

Description:

Federico and John revisit subscription pricing models in the wake of Ulysses’ switch to subscriptions and discuss what Apple’s transition from 32-bit to 64-bit apps means for the App Store and consumers.

19 – Interview: Running an App Development Studio with Dermot Daly

Aug 21, 2017 29:59

Description:

Federico and John interview Dermot Daly, founder of Tapadoo, a Dublin-based app development studio, about how he got started in mobile development, the Tapadoo origin story, what it’s like to develop apps in the regulated medical field, the challenges of working for clients and that iOS developers face today, and more.

18 – Shelf and Clipboard Apps on macOS and iOS

Aug 14, 2017 27:36

Description:

Federico and John look at shelf and clipboard apps on macOS and iOS, consider how third-party shelf apps are likely to work under iOS 11, and discuss the advantages of Apple adding a shelf feature to iOS.

17 – Our iPad Home Screens

Aug 7, 2017 40:06

Description:

Federico and John talk about the way their iPad Home screens reflect their use of the device and how that has changed since they’ve been running the iOS 11 beta.

16 – Evolving the iMessage App Store

Jul 31, 2017 28:19

Description:

Federico and John discuss the current shortcomings of the iMessage App Store and what Apple is changing in iOS 11 to address some of its problems.

15 – iOS 11’s Files App

Jul 24, 2017 36:37

Description:

Federico and John dive into the new Files app that’s coming to iOS 11 in the fall and discuss the history of file management on iOS, the shift in approach taken by the Files app, and how it works.

14 – Pick 2: Ulysses and FullContact

Jul 17, 2017 33:55

Description:

Federico and John pick two apps and discuss how and why they use them for their work. For the first installment of Pick 2, Federico covers Ulysses and how he’s used it over the past year and for the iOS 11 review he is currently writing and John explains how he uses FullContact to keep in touch with developers and sponsors of MacStories and AppStories.

13 – Interview: Rehearsal Pro with David H. Lawrence XVII

Jul 10, 2017 34:05

Description:

Federico and John speak to actor David H. Lawrence XVII about his app Rehearsal Pro, which helps actors rehearse for parts, how understanding his audience has helped the app find a large following among professional actors, and how some of its more famous users have become its best marketing.

12 – The State of Non-Native Apps

Jul 3, 2017 38:29

Description:

Ten years after Scott Forstall suggested web apps as a ‘sweet solution’ for would-be iPhone developers, Federico and John look at the state of non-native apps, the trade-offs inherent to them, and discuss examples of non-native apps they like, and a few they don’t.

11 – iOS 11’s Impact on Third-Party Apps

Jun 26, 2017 36:52

Description:

Federico and John consider the effect on third-party apps of PDFKit, the system Markup extension, changes to Notes, and password AutoFill for apps.

10 – iOS 11’s All-New App Store

Jun 19, 2017 00:39:16

Description:

Apple announced a redesigned App Store for iOS 11 at WWDC. Federico and John take a look at the upcoming changes, the challenges Apple will face producing original content about apps, and consider what it will mean for users and developers.

9 – Competing with iOS System Apps

Jun 12, 2017 00:31:14

Description:

John and Federico consider the pros and cons of competing with, and what it takes to succeed against, Apple’s free, built-in system apps and highlight some of their favorite alternatives.

8 – Interview: Hidden Folks with Adriaan de Jongh

Jun 5, 2017 00:30:32

Description:

Federico and John interview Adriaan de Jongh, the co-creator of the hit iOS and PC game Hidden Folks about the creation and design of the game, its unique sound design, gaming on mobile, and an exclusive look at what’s next for Hidden Folks.

7 – Tip Jars with Benefits

May 29, 2017 32:13

Description:

Federico and John cover more app pricing models including tip jars, patronage, fan clubs, bundles, and in-app merchandise sales.

6 – Interview: The Making of the CARROT Apps with Brian Mueller

May 22, 2017 28:06

Description:

Federico and John interview Brian Mueller, the creator of the CARROT series of apps, about how he got started, the origins of CARROT, a corgi with a top hat and monocle, and his new CARROT game, Artificial Superintelligence.

5 – App Subscriptions

May 15, 2017 34:47

Description:

How app subscriptions work, the pros and cons for consumers and developers, and examples of apps using creative subscription models.

4 – Interview: App Discovery and the iTunes Affiliate Program with AfterPad’s Kevin MacLeod

May 8, 2017 00:31:55

Description:

Federico and John talk about the iTunes Affiliate Program and its importance for app discovery and independent curation with Kevin MacLeod of AfterPad. The episode was recorded before Apple’s clarification of changes to the program.

3 – Interview: App Camp for Girls with Jean MacDonald and Grey Osten

May 1, 2017 00:29:06

Description:

Federico and John interview Jean MacDonald and Grey Osten, the co-founders of App Camp for Girls – an organization that helps middle-school age girls get started with app development.

2 – Setting Up a New iOS Device

Apr 24, 2017 31:20

Description:

Federico and John discuss setting up a new iOS device, whether they do a clean install with new iOS releases, the first apps they install, and tips and tricks to make the process easier.

1 – Welcome to AppStories

Apr 20, 2017 00:31:12

Description:

Federico and John introduce AppStories, talk about apps that made a difference in their lives, and highlight apps that have caught their attention recently.