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AppStories

205 episodes - English - Latest episode: 1 day ago - ★★★★ - 433 ratings

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.

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Episodes

201 – Automating Your Home

January 18, 2021 12:43 - 42 minutes - 39.4 MB

This week, Federico and John share their HomeKit device setups, how they control them, the automations they use, and provide advice on approaching home automation projects.

200 – Workflows Revisited: Calendars, Communications, and a Surprise

January 11, 2021 12:00 - 53 minutes - 49.7 MB

This week, Federico and John conclude their miniseries on workflows with a look at what they’re using to manage calendar events and team communications. Plus, Federico springs a big app surprise on John and listeners.

199 – Workflows Revisited: Task Management

December 21, 2020 11:51 - 48 minutes - 45 MB

This week Federico takes listeners along on his recent tour of modern task managers, and he and John discuss the app they have settled on to keep track of their projects and to-dos.

198 – The 2020 MacStories Selects Awards

December 14, 2020 16:00 - 56 minutes - 52.2 MB

This week, Federico and John reveal and discuss the 2020 MacStories Selects Award winners and runners-up.

197 – Workflows Revisited: Note-Taking

December 07, 2020 12:00 - 44 minutes - 20.8 MB

This week, Federico and John continue their mini-series focused on breaking down and rethinking the core workflows behind MacStories by tackling note-taking and their adoption of Craft for personal and collaborative notes.

196 – Workflows Revisited: Email

November 30, 2020 12:00 - 49 minutes - 46.1 MB

This week Federico and John kick off a new mini-series focused on breaking down and rethinking the core workflows behind MacStories. In this first installment, we revisit how the MacStories team uses email, a long-standing workflow that has changed very little since the site was founded, and why we chose to move to HEY by Basecamp.

195 – App Store Changes and Apple’s Evolving Relationship with Developers

November 23, 2020 12:00 - 39 minutes - 37 MB

This week Federico and John break down the App Store Small Business Program, other App Store and developer changes announced in 2020, and consider what else Apple could do to make the App Store a better place for developers.

194 – macOS Big Sur: The MacStories Review

November 16, 2020 12:00 - 44 minutes - 41.5 MB

This week, Federico and John dive into John’s macOS Big Sur review to talk about Control Center, Notification Center and widgets, Mac Catalyst apps, Safari extensions, design, and even the upcoming M1 Macs.

193 – iOS Apps We Want on the Mac

November 09, 2020 12:00 - 38 minutes - 18.2 MB

This week, Federico and John consider the rumor that TestFlight is coming for the Mac and share the iOS apps they hope will find their way to the Mac.

192 – How Widgets Have Changed the Way We Use Our Devices

November 02, 2020 12:00 - 35 minutes - 32.9 MB

This week, Federico and John consider how widgets have changed how they use their iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

191 – New Apps Enabled by Apple Hardware and OS Advances

October 26, 2020 11:00 - 36 minutes - 33.8 MB

This week, Federico and John explore the third-party apps enabled by Apple’s latest hardware and developer frameworks.

190 – The New iPad Air: Apple’s Most Forward-Looking iPad

October 21, 2020 13:00 - 46 minutes - 43.8 MB

In this special episode of AppStories, John interviews Federico about the all-new iPad Air, which Federico has been testing and reviewed on MacStories. Federico explains why the new iPad Air is Apple’s most forward-looking iPad that stands at the intersection of the iPad Pro and the rest of the company’s line-up, and covers every aspect of the hardware, design, and differences compared to other iPad models, along with practical advice on who should consider buying the new iPad Air.

189 – Apps and the iPhone Event: Apple’s Latest Innovations in the Home and Mobile Photography

October 19, 2020 11:00 - 43 minutes - 40.3 MB

This week, Federico and John dig into the latest Apple event to uncover new features and innovations coming to the Home app, Siri, and mobile photography.

188 – iOS and iPadOS 14: The MacStories Review

October 14, 2020 14:20 - 50 minutes - 47.1 MB

This week, Federico and John dive into Federico’s annual iOS and iPadOS review to look at big picture trends like Compact UI along with the changes to iPadOS, the Apple Pencil’s new Scribble feature, and Shortcuts.

187 – Must-Have Music Widgets for Your iPhone

October 05, 2020 11:00 - 43 minutes - 40 MB

This week, Federico and John tour music widgets, one of their favorite categories, exploring the many widgets they’re using to listen to music and follow their favorite artists.

186 – Our Newly Customized iOS 14 Home Screens

September 28, 2020 11:00 - 43 minutes - 41.7 MB

This week, Federico and John revisit their approaches to their iPhone Home Screens, including the third-party widgets they’re using, and how they are optimizing their mix of apps and widgets since the iOS 14 update. Federico also shares a trick for integrating certain widgets and folders of icons into his wallpaper.

185 – An Interview with Michael Flarup

September 21, 2020 11:00 - 39 minutes - 36.7 MB

This week Federico and John conclude the MacStories Summer OS Preview Series by interviewing designer Michael Flarup about Mac iconography, the design of Mac Catalyst apps, content-focused design on the iPad, augmented reality, and more.

184 – Apple’s New App Review Guidelines

September 14, 2020 11:00 - 35 minutes - 16.7 MB

This week, Federico and John dig into the details of Apple’s new App Review Guidelines, which address game streaming services, advertising, ‘reader apps,’ and more.

183 – The Many Ways to Use Widgets

September 07, 2020 11:00 - 42 minutes - 39.7 MB

This week Federico and John explain their emerging strategies for using widgets in the Today view, mixed with apps on their Home screens, and on dedicated widget-only Home screens.

182 – Exploring Apple’s 2020 Gaming Updates

August 31, 2020 11:00 - 45 minutes - 42.2 MB

This week Federico and John explore Apple’s 2020 gaming updates, including deeper controller support and a refreshed Game Center, which are coming this fall.

181 – An Interview with Vidit Bhargava

August 24, 2020 11:00 - 39 minutes - 36.3 MB

This week Federico and John continue the MacStories Summer OS Preview Series by interviewing Vidit Bhargava, the creator of LookUp, a dictionary app available on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS, about design, Mac Catalyst apps, and a whole lot more.

180 – Mac Catalyst Revisited: Apple’s Mac App Strategy Emerges

August 17, 2020 11:00 - 37 minutes - 34.6 MB

This week Federico and John revisit Mac Catalyst, the technology used to bring iPad apps to the Mac, to discuss what’s changed since WWDC 2019, debate where Mac Catalyst fits in Apple’s overall app strategy, and share some of their favorite Mac Catalyst apps.

179 – An Interview with David Smith

August 10, 2020 11:00 - 47 minutes - 44.4 MB

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.

178 – An Interview with Guilherme Rambo

August 03, 2020 10:59 - 40 minutes - 19.1 MB

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.

177 – What is Great App Design?

July 27, 2020 11:00 - 38 minutes - 35.7 MB

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.

176 – Pick Two: Castro and Grammarly

July 20, 2020 11:00 - 44 minutes - 41.3 MB

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.

175 – Relay FM’s Approach to Apps with Myke Hurley

July 13, 2020 11:00 - 51 minutes - 47.8 MB

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.

174 – Conversations with 2020 Apple Design Award Winners

July 06, 2020 11:02 - 1 hour - 65.1 MB

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.

173 – Upcoming System App Updates for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

June 29, 2020 11:00 - 31 minutes - 29.4 MB

This week Federico and John cover updates coming to Messages, Home, Notes, Reminders, and Safari this fall.

172 – WWDC 2020: The Mac, Big Sur, and Shortcuts

June 26, 2020 11:56 - 37 minutes - 35 MB

Wrapping up AppStories’ WWDC coverage, Federico and John talk Apple Silicon, the macOS redesign, and dig into the many changes to Shortcuts.

171 – WWDC 2020: iOS and iPadOS 14 First Impressions, Favorite Small Details, and App Clips

June 25, 2020 12:06 - 42 minutes - 39.2 MB

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.

170 – WWDC 2020: Widgets Come to the iPhone, iPad, and Mac

June 24, 2020 11:55 - 34 minutes - 32.1 MB

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.

169 – WWDC 2020: Keynote Overview and Reactions

June 23, 2020 11:17 - 41 minutes - 38.5 MB

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.

168 – Our iOS WWDC Wishes

June 15, 2020 10:59 - 47 minutes - 44 MB

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.

167 – Our macOS WWDC Wishes

June 08, 2020 11:00 - 34 minutes - 32.4 MB

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.

166 – Our watchOS and tvOS WWDC Wishes

June 01, 2020 10:59 - 41 minutes - 38.6 MB

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.

165 – Imagining the Perfect Research App

May 25, 2020 11:05 - 48 minutes - 45.1 MB

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.

164 – Our iPadOS WWDC Wishes

May 18, 2020 10:59 - 50 minutes - 46.3 MB

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.

163 – The Next Generation of Apps

May 11, 2020 11:00 - 28 minutes - 26.8 MB

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.

162 – iPadOS and Pointer Support with Craig Federighi

May 07, 2020 14:00 - 49 minutes - 46.1 MB

In this special episode of AppStories, Federico interviews Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi about iPadOS, pointer support, and more.

161 – The Apps Federico Will Use for His Annual iOS Review

May 04, 2020 11:00 - 45 minutes - 42 MB

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.

160 – Utility Apps Revisited

April 27, 2020 10:59 - 33 minutes - 31.2 MB

This week, Federico and John dig into the utility grab bag to cover eight more of their favorite iOS and iPadOS utility apps.

159 – The Evolution of Clipboard and Shelf Apps

April 20, 2020 11:00 - 36 minutes - 33.5 MB

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.

158 – Digital Spring Cleaning

April 13, 2020 11:00 - 34 minutes - 32.2 MB

This week, Federico and John discuss their approaches to digital spring cleaning.

157 – Research Tools

April 06, 2020 11:00 - 37 minutes - 35.2 MB

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.

156 – iPad at 10: The History and Emerging Modularity of Apple’s Tablet

March 30, 2020 10:59 - 37 minutes - 34.9 MB

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.

155 – Stuck at Home

March 23, 2020 11:33 - 47 minutes - 43.6 MB

This week, Federico and John talk about how the global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way they relax, work, and approach their days.

154 – Apps We’d Like to See Apple Make

March 16, 2020 11:00 - 47 minutes - 43.8 MB

This week, Federico and John discuss apps they’d like to see Apple build into iOS and iPadOS 14.

153 – iOS and iPadOS Utilities We Love

March 09, 2020 10:59 - 42 minutes - 41.4 MB

This week, Federico and John explore some of their favorite iOS and iPadOS utility apps.

152 – App Subscriptions Revisited

March 02, 2020 11:59 - 49 minutes - 45.9 MB

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.

Guests

Adriaan de Jongh
1 Episode
Brian Mueller
1 Episode
Casey Liss
1 Episode
Craig Hockenberry
1 Episode
Dermot Daly
1 Episode
Federico Viticci
1 Episode
Guilherme Rambo
1 Episode
James Rath
1 Episode
Jean MacDonald
1 Episode
Kevin MacLeod
1 Episode
Marco Arment
1 Episode
Myke Hurley
1 Episode
Ryan Christoffel
1 Episode
Yarrow Cheney
1 Episode
Zach Gage
1 Episode

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