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AppStories

Federico Viticci, John Voorhees

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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 Vit...Show More
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31:28 | Aug 26th

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.

49:54 | Sep 9th

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.
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39:50 | Sep 2nd

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

40:31 | Aug 19th

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.

49:39 | Aug 12th

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.

30:17 | Aug 5th

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.

32:15 | Jul 29th

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...Show More

34:46 | Jul 22nd

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.

45:00 | Jul 15th

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

34:10 | Jul 8th

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

31:09 | Jul 1st

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

39:37 | Jun 24th

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.

35:58 | Jun 17th

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.

37:40 | Jun 11th

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.

48:22 | Jun 6th

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.

38:56 | May 27th

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...Show More

58:57 | May 21st

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 intr...Show More

33:53 | May 13th

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.

30:29 | May 6th

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

35:08 | Apr 29th

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.

38:51 | Apr 22nd

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.

1:30:50 | Apr 15th

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.

36:35 | Apr 8th

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.

33:42 | Apr 1st

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.

31:47 | Mar 25th

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

32:25 | Mar 18th

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

29:08 | Mar 11th

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

29:51 | Mar 4th

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

34:30 | Feb 25th

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.

31:00 | Feb 18th

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.

42:00 | Feb 11th

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.

34:51 | Feb 4th

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

36:57 | Jan 28th

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.

44:15 | Jan 21st

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 ...Show More

37:16 | Jan 14th

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.

37:58 | Jan 7th

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.

37:52 | Dec 17th, 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.

39:59 | Dec 10th, 2018

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

35:36 | Dec 3rd, 2018

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

36:52 | Nov 26th, 2018

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

39:11 | Nov 19th, 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.

29:39 | Nov 12th, 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.

38:23 | Nov 5th, 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 ...Show More

35:56 | Oct 29th, 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.

32:04 | Oct 22nd, 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.

35:05 | Oct 15th, 2018

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

38:25 | Oct 8th, 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.

32:58 | Oct 1st, 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.

30:55 | Sep 24th, 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.

32:11 | Sep 17th, 2018

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

37:16 | Sep 10th, 2018

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

32:13 | Sep 3rd, 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.

33:48 | Aug 27th, 2018

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

45:11 | Aug 20th, 2018

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

35:54 | Aug 13th, 2018

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

35:29 | Aug 6th, 2018

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

34:40 | Jul 30th, 2018

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

33:04 | Jul 23rd, 2018

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

40:37 | Jul 16th, 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.

40:56 | Jul 15th, 2018

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

56:42 | Jul 14th, 2018

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

45:38 | Jul 13th, 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.

44:53 | Jul 12th, 2018

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

1:02:39 | Jul 11th, 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 t...Show More

56:41 | Jul 10th, 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.

30:32 | Jul 9th, 2018

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

33:54 | Jul 2nd, 2018

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

33:38 | Jun 25th, 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.

38:39 | Jun 18th, 2018

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

35:53 | Jun 11th, 2018

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

26:20 | Jun 4th, 2018

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

37:06 | May 28th, 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...Show More

32:26 | May 21st, 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.

31:29 | May 14th, 2018

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

28:19 | May 7th, 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 a...Show More

31:02 | Apr 30th, 2018

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

37:44 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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

31:59 | Apr 16th, 2018

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

31:03 | Apr 9th, 2018

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

38:34 | Apr 2nd, 2018

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

33:35 | Mar 26th, 2018

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

35:28 | Mar 19th, 2018

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

35:51 | Mar 12th, 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.

37:17 | Mar 5th, 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.

30:59 | Feb 26th, 2018

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

30:56 | Feb 19th, 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.

38:52 | Feb 12th, 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 cli...Show More

38:23 | Feb 5th, 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.

35:51 | Jan 29th, 2018

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

35:03 | Jan 22nd, 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.

33:02 | Jan 15th, 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.

42:17 | Jan 8th, 2018

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

34:02 | Dec 18th, 2017

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

28:36 | Dec 11th, 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.

37:37 | Dec 4th, 2017

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 int...Show More

30:16 | Nov 27th, 2017

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.

32:58 | Nov 20th, 2017

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

38:16 | Nov 13th, 2017

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

34:31 | Nov 6th, 2017

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.

29:54 | Oct 30th, 2017

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

34:29 | Oct 23rd, 2017

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

28:13 | Oct 16th, 2017

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

32:27 | Oct 9th, 2017

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.

39:01 | Oct 2nd, 2017

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.

34:07 | Sep 25th, 2017

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.

44:39 | Sep 19th, 2017

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, w...Show More

43:56 | Sep 11th, 2017

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 litt...Show More

37:16 | Sep 4th, 2017

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.

36:33 | Aug 28th, 2017

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.

29:59 | Aug 21st, 2017

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 challenge...Show More

27:36 | Aug 14th, 2017

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.

40:06 | Aug 7th, 2017

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.

28:19 | Jul 31st, 2017

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.

36:37 | Jul 24th, 2017

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.

33:55 | Jul 17th, 2017

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 expl...Show More

34:05 | Jul 10th, 2017

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 f...Show More

38:29 | Jul 3rd, 2017

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 ...Show More

36:52 | Jun 26th, 2017

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

39:16 | Jun 19th, 2017

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.

31:14 | Jun 12th, 2017

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.

30:32 | Jun 5th, 2017

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.

32:13 | May 29th, 2017

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

28:06 | May 22nd, 2017

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.

34:47 | May 15th, 2017

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

31:55 | May 8th, 2017

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.

29:06 | May 1st, 2017

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.

31:20 | Apr 24th, 2017

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.

31:12 | Apr 20th, 2017

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