Under the Radar

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From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It's never longer than 30 minutes. Hosted by Marco Arment and David Smith.

Episode Date
Under the Radar 195: Apple's Grand Vision of the Future
Adapting to the continued consolidation of Apple's platforms and frameworks.
Jul 08, 2020
Under the Radar 194: WWDC 2020
How the online-only format of WWDC 2020 is working out in practice, and how quickly we plan to adopt the new APIs.
Jun 24, 2020
Under the Radar 193: Unproductivity
Putting mental health above productivity during challenging times.
Jun 10, 2020
Under the Radar 192: Backporting
Using compatibility shims and abstractions to gain some of the newest APIs' benefits on previous OS versions.
May 27, 2020
Under the Radar 191: Self-Imposed Constraints
Imposing arbitrary limits on yourself to produce better projects.
May 13, 2020
Under the Radar 190: Custom Fonts
The risks and rewards of using custom fonts, and how to implement them in a modern app.
Apr 29, 2020
Under the Radar 189: Watchsmith
The launch of David's new app that pushes the boundaries of watchOS and finally makes our smartwatch faces actually smart.
Apr 15, 2020
Under the Radar 188: watchOS Business Prospects
The business side of Apple Watch app development in 2020.
Apr 02, 2020
Under the Radar 187: Uncertain Times
Business decisions for app developers during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 18, 2020
Under the Radar 186: Replacing WWDC
Considering how Apple could replace and expand the roles filled by WWDC if it's canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
Mar 04, 2020
Under the Radar 185: Advanced Math
How we tackle the occasional need for more advanced math skills than what we actually have.
Feb 19, 2020
Under the Radar 184: The Past and Future of the iPad
Looking back at the launch of the iPad, and what its present and future hold, from an app-development and business perspective.
Feb 05, 2020
Under the Radar 183: Compatibility Contrast
As Marco discovers the value of staying with the old, David plows headfirst into the new.
Jan 22, 2020
Under the Radar 182: Ambitions, Goals, and Themes
Making plans, setting goals, and setting guidelines for decision-making — and, taking a page from our friends at Cortex, our chosen themes for 2020.
Jan 08, 2020
Under the Radar 181: Supporting The Previous OS
Revisiting the decision to go iOS 13-only with Overcast, and the pros and cons of potentially re-adding support for iOS 12.
Dec 24, 2019
Under the Radar 180: Shortcuts & Harnesses
Time-saving tips and tricks, and the value of test-harness mini-apps during development.
Dec 11, 2019
Under the Radar 179: Silent Updates
If you ship a major update, but don't announce it anywhere, does it make a sound?
Nov 27, 2019
Under the Radar 178: 16-inch MacBook Pro
A huge update to the computer that most of you are probably using.
Nov 13, 2019
Under the Radar 177: Operating in a Hostile Environment
Energy logs, API-misuse terminations, and other unexpected ways our apps crash due to system policy enforcement.
Oct 30, 2019
Under the Radar 176: That's Great, Apple, But…
Gather around the campfire as Uncle Dave tells the tale of how the conditions formed for today's App Store subscription scams.
Oct 18, 2019
Under the Radar 175: Moon++
David's new app, Moon++, and experiences working with SwiftUI and the standalone App Store on the Apple Watch.
Oct 03, 2019
Under the Radar 174: Always-On Apple Watch
New possibilities for users and developers opened up by the always-on screen of the Apple Watch Series 5.
Sep 18, 2019
Under the Radar 173: Summer Report Card
Our summers turned out very differently than we had planned.
Sep 04, 2019
Under the Radar 172: No News is Good News
We didn't think we had anything to talk about, but then we discovered unit testing and version control.
Aug 19, 2019
Under the Radar 171: Customers, Audience, and Critics
Recognizing three groups that only partially overlap, and how to prioritize the feedback we get from them.
Aug 08, 2019
Under the Radar 170: Spending Dan Riccio's Battery Surplus
How we'd improve the Apple Watch by "spending" the power-efficiency gains likely to come in the next hardware update.
Jul 24, 2019
Under the Radar 169: The End of an App's Life
Facing the tough decisions when you know, in your heart, that it's time.
Jul 10, 2019
Under the Radar 168: Working While Traveling
Our makeshift travel-work setups, and managing expectations about how much and what types of work you'll get done while traveling.
Jun 26, 2019
Under the Radar 167: The WWDC Hangover
As the dust settles on an overwhelming WWDC 2019, we figure out what we should tackle first.
Jun 12, 2019
Under the Radar 166: API Wish List
What we hope to see at WWDC 2019 in Apple's APIs and developer tools.
May 29, 2019
Under the Radar 165: WWDC 2018 Year in Review
As WWDC 2019 approaches, we review the major changes announced in WWDC 2018 and how they've actually played out over the past year.
May 15, 2019
Under the Radar 164: Meaningless Version Numbers
The advantages of switching from semantic versioning to a sequential calendar-based system with no semantic implications, and the different marketing mindset it brings.
May 01, 2019
Under the Radar 163: CalZones
Launch day for David's new app, CalZones!
Apr 17, 2019
Under the Radar 162: The Five Stages of Developing a New App
Using David's upcoming app as an example, we take a journey through curiosity, excitement, productivity, despair, polishing, and shipping.
Apr 04, 2019
Under the Radar 161: Gears, Knobs, and Buttons
The design challenge of a podcast app's now-playing screen, how Overcast's design has progressed over the years, and the unexpected usability failures along the way.
Mar 20, 2019
Under the Radar 160: Working Staycations
Taking vacations or staycations to get a lot of work done in a short time and take full advantage of being in the zone.
Mar 06, 2019
Under the Radar 159: New App
Creating a new app as a fun exercise, and making choices that minimize its ongoing maintenance needs.
Feb 22, 2019
Under the Radar 158: Bundled Data
Including large or small databases and other data files with your app.
Feb 08, 2019
Under the Radar 157: Editorial Content
Producing and embedding content in your app that changes continuously, such as monthly challenges, directories, and user-generated content.
Jan 23, 2019
Under the Radar 156: The Nightmare After Christmas
Running servers is easy the vast majority of the time. But sometimes, something goes wrong at the worst possible time.
Jan 09, 2019
Under the Radar 155: Difficult Bugfixes
Tracking down hard-to-find, hard-to-reproduce bugs that don't show up in your own usage.
Dec 27, 2018
Under the Radar 154: Knowingly Shipping Bugs
When, why, and how it's OK to ship updates to your app with known bugs.
Dec 20, 2018
Under the Radar 153: Fear of Major Changes
Good and bad fears of embarking on major code changes to our apps.
Dec 13, 2018
Under the Radar 152: Removing the Bumpers
Exercising atrophied programming muscles by experimenting with languages, technologies, and environments that lack the safety and convenience of our usual work.
Dec 05, 2018
Under the Radar 151: Little Touches
Small design features, flourishes, and other indulgences to satisfy ourselves and make our apps feel more delightful.
Nov 28, 2018
Under the Radar 150: Showing Up Every Week
Budgeting our time for ongoing commitments vs. exploratory and hobby projects, and an update on iOS device statistics.
Nov 21, 2018
Under the Radar 149: Algorithms
The challenge of writing complex algorithms, and the joy of finding a simpler way.
Nov 15, 2018
Under the Radar 148: Low-Work Mode
Accepting that our motivation and productivity are cyclical, with periods of very little work getting done.
Nov 08, 2018
Under the Radar 147: New MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and iPad Pro
Developer-relevant analysis of this week's Apple releases and how we can use them in our work.
Nov 01, 2018
Under the Radar 146: Ethical Monetization
App Store subscription scams, and considering the ethics of how our apps make money.
Oct 24, 2018
Under the Radar 145: Custom Apple Watch Faces
Why the Apple Watch needs third-party faces, tools to make them for yourself today, and overcoming the reasons why Apple may not want to offer them.
Oct 17, 2018
Under the Radar 144: Concerns About the Future
Long-term career planning, predicting where Apple is going, betting on the right technologies, and wondering whether we'll still be doing this in ten years.
Oct 10, 2018
Under the Radar 143: Implementing Step-Counting
Answering the surprisingly difficult question of "How many steps did you take today?"
Oct 04, 2018
Under the Radar 142: Passion Projects
The value of making apps only for yourself that you never release.
Sep 26, 2018
Under the Radar 141: Implementing Search
Concepts and considerations for implementing full-text search in your app, with examples from Overcast 5.
Sep 20, 2018
Under the Radar 140: The Mad Rush
Finalizing our iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates, and updating our apps for the new iPhones and Apple Watches before we can actually buy them.
Sep 14, 2018
Under the Radar 139: Taking Breaks
Setting up your business for extended times away, and how to start working again when you get back.
Sep 07, 2018
Under the Radar 138: watchOS 5
The huge gifts we were given in watchOS 5, and today's environment for building Apple Watch apps.
Jun 28, 2018
Under the Radar 137: iOS 12 and App Review Changes
How we're affected by the iOS 12 changes and revised App Store review guidelines.
Jun 21, 2018
Under the Radar 136: Freshly Cleared Decks
The first things we do after WWDC every year, and why this year might be different.
Jun 14, 2018
Under the Radar 135: On the Street at WWDC 2018
Live interviews at Social Policy in San Jose, with first impressions from Curtis Hurbert, Joe Cieplinski, and Kaya Thomas.
Jun 05, 2018
Under the Radar 134: WWDC Tips
Packing, preparation, and logistical tips for a happy, healthy, and productive WWDC.
May 30, 2018
Under the Radar 133: Collective Bargaining
The challenge of trying to form a union or other collective action group for developers.
May 25, 2018
Under the Radar 132: Accessibility
Considering accessibility as part of usability, and testing with the most common iOS accessibility APIs.
May 16, 2018
Under the Radar 131: Dot-App and Microsoft's 95%
Whether you need one of the new .app domains, and the ramifications of Microsoft's lower app-store commissions.
May 10, 2018
Under the Radar 130: Lightning Round V
Lessons from Android's success, hot new things from past WWDCs that didn't pan out, and trying to improve or avoid social problems with our apps.
May 03, 2018
Under the Radar 129: Lightning Round IV
Planning out our apps before writing any code, deciding which ideas NOT to pursue, a converged "Marzipan" world, and accessibility.
Apr 27, 2018
Under the Radar 128: Lightning Round III: Servers
In our third Q&A episode, we address the many questions we received about running servers.
Apr 19, 2018
Under the Radar 127: Lightning Round II
Our second-ever Q&A episode, including questions on React Native, reusable code vs. duplication, learning beyond Hello World, and the art of packing lightly for travel.
Apr 13, 2018
Under the Radar 126: Retention
The fast drop-off of typical usage over time, and how to improve our customer-retention rates.
Apr 05, 2018
Under the Radar 125: Privacy Policies and GDPR
Minimizing the collection and storage of your users' personal data, and high-level strategies to think about in the dawn of the EU's new GDPR law.
Mar 29, 2018
Under the Radar 124: Sleep++ and Permission Prompts
The development and release of Sleep++ 3.0, and best practices for prompting the user for permission to access iOS-protected data or features.
Mar 23, 2018
Under the Radar 123: WWDC 2018 Preview, Watch Stats
Whether to sign up for a WWDC 2018 ticket and what to do if you don't get one, and the ramifications of David's latest Apple Watch usage stats.
Mar 16, 2018
Under the Radar 122: Ten Years of the iPhone SDK
Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the first iPhone SDK release, imagining alternate timelines that could have been, and remembering what we were doing ten years ago.
Mar 08, 2018
Under the Radar 121: Fear and Change
Considering the temptation and pitfalls of developing features out of fear of missing an opportunity. Also, how best to communicate changes to customers.
Mar 01, 2018
Under the Radar 120: Productivity by Inefficiency
Adopting inefficient hacks to save developer time, since hardware is so fast that it's often a worthwhile tradeoff.
Feb 23, 2018
Under the Radar 119: Second Locations
Considerations for travel, coffeeshops, offices, vacations, and other secondary work setups.
Feb 15, 2018
Under the Radar 118: Original Research
Tackling complex math, data analysis, or other challenging problems to give your app a competitive advantage.
Feb 09, 2018
Under the Radar 117: The iMac Pro
Desktops vs. laptops, single vs. multiple monitors, and how we're enjoying our iMac Pros so far.
Feb 01, 2018
Under the Radar 116: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 2
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 2, we cover health insurance, retirement planning, professional services, and other common expenses.
Jan 25, 2018
Under the Radar 115: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 1
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 1, we cover business entities, taxes, and income.
Jan 18, 2018
Under the Radar 114: Platform Wish List for 2018
What we're hoping to see from Apple's APIs and developer platforms in 2018.
Jan 12, 2018
Under the Radar 113: Grading the App Store in 2017
How the App Store's 2017 changes have panned out so far, and our hopes for 2018.
Jan 05, 2018
Under the Radar 112: Ideal vs. Pragmatic
Being pressured by users or reality into features or choices we don't think we should need to do.
Dec 29, 2017
Under the Radar 111: Universal Mac Apps?
Considering the potential benefits and ramifications of the rumored unified app framework between macOS and iOS.
Dec 21, 2017
Under the Radar 110: Workouts++ 2.0 Launch Diary
David keeps a diary of what the day was like while he launched Workouts++ 2.0. It didn't turn out exactly how he'd hoped.
Dec 14, 2017
Under the Radar 109: Search Ads in Practice
Our experiences and best practices we've found for App Store Search Ads after a year of use, and whether to use the new Search Ads Basic.
Dec 08, 2017
Under the Radar 108: Punch-List Mode
Getting from when you think it's 99% complete to being actually releasable.
Nov 30, 2017
Under the Radar 107: Free with Benefits
Possibilities for value when apps don't bring in money directly.
Nov 22, 2017
Under the Radar 106: Long Projects
Getting through long projects while maintaining motivation and perspective.
Nov 16, 2017
Under the Radar 105: iPhone X Reality
Rethinking designs now that we have the iPhone X in-hand.
Nov 09, 2017
Under the Radar 104: Public Beta Testing with Slack
Lessons from Overcast's public beta, and using Slack as a feedback and bug-reporting channel.
Nov 02, 2017
Under the Radar 103: Usability-First Design
Prioritizing usability over design trends — even Apple's.
Oct 26, 2017
Under the Radar 102: Procrastiworking
Procrastinating by working on other productive tasks instead of the big one we really don't want to do.
Oct 19, 2017
Under the Radar 101: Anchoring vs. Simplicity
Real-world results of switching in-app purchases from multiple price tiers to a single option.
Oct 12, 2017
Under the Radar 100: Longevity
(Sent with Balloons) How to view and start projects that have a good chance of making it to episode 100.
Oct 05, 2017
Under the Radar 99: Effecting Change
Trying to get Apple to change something, and knowing what you can and can’t change.
Sep 28, 2017
Under the Radar 98: The Accidental Episode
An "off-the-air" discussion working through the challenges of standalone Apple Watch podcast playback.
Sep 20, 2017
Under the Radar 97: iPhone X and LTE Watches
New design challenges to tackle for the iPhone X, and new potential unlocked by the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.
Sep 15, 2017
Under the Radar 96: Risky Business
Building apps for popular third-party services, or in opportune but high-risk areas.
Sep 08, 2017
Under the Radar 95: Privacy and Responsibility
The responsibilities we have to ensure that we're protecting and respecting our users' privacy when we embed third-party code in our apps.
Sep 01, 2017
Under the Radar 94: Release Notes
Effectively communicating changes and improvements to our apps via release notes.
Aug 24, 2017
Under the Radar 93: New Screen Sizes
Supporting multiple screen sizes and device types, and strategies to make adoption of new sizes easier.
Aug 18, 2017
Under the Radar 92: Notifications to Increase Engagement
Using notifications to bring users back to your app without being spammy or annoying.
Aug 11, 2017
Under the Radar 91: Removing Features
Deciding to remove a feature, or having that decision made for you.
Aug 03, 2017
Under the Radar 90: Trademarks
What trademarks do, searching for conflicts before you name something, and whether indies should file for their own.
Jul 26, 2017
Under the Radar 89: Computers for the Self-Employed
Which Mac models are usable for software development, and the benefits and drawbacks of using desktops, laptops, or both.
Jul 19, 2017
Under the Radar 88: Working From Home
Options, benefits, and challenges of working at home.
Jul 12, 2017
Under the Radar 87: Old Code Vs. New APIs
Deciding whether to adopt the newest iOS styles and APIs in existing apps that may not have needed them.
Jul 06, 2017
Under the Radar 86: iOS 11 App Store Pages
Adopting the new fields and changes in our apps' product pages in the redesigned iOS 11 App Store.
Jun 29, 2017
Under the Radar 85: iOS 11
What's new in iOS 11 and how it can benefit our apps.
Jun 22, 2017
Under the Radar 84: WWDC Wrap-Up, watchOS 4
How and when to efficiently watch WWDC session videos, and reviewing the new capabilities in watchOS 4.
Jun 15, 2017
Under the Radar 83: Live at CocoaConf
Our initial impressions of WWDC 2017, recorded live at CocoaConf Next Door.
Jun 09, 2017
Under the Radar 82: WWDC Wish List
Developer-related wishes and expectations for WWDC 2017 next week.
Jun 01, 2017
Under the Radar 81: Profiling
Optimizing performance using Instruments, Xcode, and the iOS Simulator — and when not to bother.
May 25, 2017
Under the Radar 80: Debugging
How we debug our apps, and avoiding common bugs in the first place.
May 18, 2017
Under the Radar 79: New Discovery Metrics
The new Sources and Metrics in iTunes Connect that show us more about where our customers come from within the App Store.
May 11, 2017
Under the Radar 78: Difficult Indulgences
Tackling hard problems to improve our skills, or simply as a form of intellectual indulgence.
May 04, 2017
Under the Radar 77: iTunes Connect, Part II
In the second of a two-part series, we discuss app creation in iTunes Connect, including screenshots, keywords, descriptions, and other metadata.
Apr 26, 2017
Under the Radar 76: iTunes Connect, Part I
In the first of a two-part series, we explore the non-app parts of iTunes Connect, including reporting, sales, and analytics.
Apr 20, 2017
Under the Radar 75: Responding to Reviews
Deciding which App Store reviews to respond to, and the types of responses worth giving.
Apr 13, 2017
Under the Radar 74: Taxes & Accounting
Minimizing the mental burden and labor cost of accounting and taxes by optimizing for simplicity.
Apr 06, 2017
Under the Radar 73: WWDC Event Planning
Planning for WWDC attendance (or not), and the value of the other conferences and social events around WWDC 2017.
Mar 29, 2017
Under the Radar 72: Selling Apps
Building apps with acquisition in mind, calculating your app's valuation, and what to expect in a sale.
Mar 22, 2017
Under the Radar 71: Apps as Annuities
Accumulating a portfolio of apps that provide long-term income with minimal maintenance.
Mar 17, 2017
Under the Radar 70: The Hacks We Ship
The difference between good and bad hacks, and some glorious hacks we've shipped in our apps.
Mar 08, 2017
Under the Radar 69: Features You Don't Want
Adding features to your app that you don't want or won't use in order to satisfy requests or reach new markets.
Mar 02, 2017
Under the Radar 68: Overcast 3
Some of the challenges and decisions that led to the newly released Overcast 3.
Feb 22, 2017
Under the Radar 67: Dealing with Old Code
Maintaining, testing, and modernizing old apps.
Feb 16, 2017
Under the Radar 66: State of Swift
Where we are on our gradual conversion to Swift programmers.
Feb 10, 2017
Under the Radar 65: Getting Sherlocked
Preparing for and reacting to Apple implementing your app's core functionality themselves.
Feb 02, 2017
Under the Radar 64: App Store Reviews, Redux
The potential impacts of the new "rate this app" API and our upcoming ability to respond to App Store reviews.
Jan 26, 2017
Under the Radar 63: Missing Skills
Experiences and skills we lack by being indie developers, and whether our career path may ever include them.
Jan 19, 2017
Under the Radar 62: App Store Reviews
The significance of App Store star ratings and reviews, and how to tastefully ask people to review your app.
Jan 12, 2017
Under the Radar 61: Back to Work
How to get back into the zone after the holidays.
Jan 05, 2017
Under the Radar 60: Transferable Skills
Unrelated abilities and techniques that prove surprisingly useful in indie app development.
Dec 29, 2016
Under the Radar 59: Launch Day Diary
David's audio diary recorded throughout the launch day of his newest app, Workouts++.
Dec 22, 2016
Under the Radar 58: Prerelease Testing
How we test our apps before release.
Dec 15, 2016
Under the Radar 57: Secrecy
Deciding how much of your app to keep secret before release, and how to slowly reveal it.
Dec 08, 2016
Under the Radar 56: Surviving the Winter
Strategies for surviving the ups, downs, and increasing challenges of today's App Store and nearby businesses.
Dec 02, 2016
Under the Radar 55: Black Friday Sale
The effectiveness and side effects of sales and price changes.
Nov 25, 2016
Under the Radar 54: Parametric Design
Appearance managers, self-theming views, and rapid design iteration with code and variables.
Nov 17, 2016
Under the Radar 53: Seasonality
Planning for annual events and marketing opportunities, and accommodating variable cycles of productivity.
Nov 11, 2016
Under the Radar 52: Learning, Sometimes Willingly
The challenges of learning new languages, APIs, and tools, how we avoid facing these difficulties, and what drives us to overcome them.
Nov 03, 2016
Under the Radar 51: Speaking at Conferences
Overcoming fears of speaking at conferences, how much work it really takes, and deciding whether it's worthwhile.
Oct 27, 2016
Under the Radar 50: Checking the Weather for the Last Time
Responsibly shutting down a failed app.
Oct 21, 2016
Under the Radar 49: App Store Search Ads
An overview of advertising terms, costs, and metrics, and getting started with App Store Search Ads for indie developers.
Oct 13, 2016
Under the Radar 48: Late Bloomers
Adopting techniques, tools, and APIs long after they've been introduced, with specific examples from Overcast's development.
Oct 06, 2016
Under the Radar 47: Data Persistence
Choosing a database or scheme for local data storage, including Core Data, SQLite, property lists, JSON, user defaults, and NSURLCache.
Sep 29, 2016
Under the Radar 46: Legacy Support
When to require new iOS versions, and the real-world need for test devices.
Sep 23, 2016
Under the Radar 45: Ads ★★☆☆☆
David's app income shifting to ads over time, and Overcast switching to ads.
Sep 15, 2016
Under the Radar 44: Fall Cleaning
Ramifications of pruning very old apps from the App Store and cracking down on title-keyword spam.
Sep 08, 2016
Under the Radar 43: Pending An Apple Release
Preparations in the final week before a major iOS release, and handling Apple requests for promotional artwork.
Sep 01, 2016
Under the Radar 42: Getting Next Year's Customers
Lessons from Vesper's shutdown and strategies to navigate the difficult environment for paid apps today.
Aug 25, 2016
Under the Radar 41: Internationalization
Why and how to localize and internationalize your iOS apps.
Aug 17, 2016
Under the Radar 40: Rethinking Apple Watch Apps
Using lessons and analytics from watchOS 1 and 2 to rethink our Apple Watch apps for watchOS 3, using Overcast's app as a case study.
Aug 11, 2016
Under the Radar 39: Lightning Round 1
Quick takes on eight topics submitted by listeners.
Aug 04, 2016
Under the Radar 38: Psychological Tricks
Techniques often used by games to increase engagement, revenue, and addictiveness, and their potential ethical uses in our apps.
Jul 28, 2016
Under the Radar 37: Code Reuse
Creating and managing shared code, using Git submodules effectively, and whether to open-source your libraries.
Jul 21, 2016
Under the Radar 36: Should You Release Every App?
Pros and cons of releasing your personal utility apps, focusing mostly on Mac apps.
Jul 14, 2016
Under the Radar 35: Ideas
The value of app ideas, evaluating their feasibility, and considering the business you want to be in.
Jul 07, 2016
Under the Radar 34: tvOS 10, macOS 10.12 and Swift 3
Concluding our WWDC 2016 coverage, we discuss what's new (or not?) for indie developers in tvOS, macOS, and Swift.
Jun 30, 2016
Under the Radar 33: iOS 10
Following on from last week's discussion of the newly announced changes to watchOS 3, this week we dive into iOS 10. We discuss what changes are especially relevant and how we think we might adopt them.
Jun 24, 2016
Under the Radar 32: watchOS 3
Live from WWDC 2016, we discuss what's new for developers in watchOS 3.
Jun 17, 2016
Under the Radar 31: Today’s App Store Announcements
The App Store's new subscription options and search ads that were announced today.
Jun 08, 2016
Under the Radar 30: A Brief Visit to Android
David revisits Android development after four years away.
Jun 02, 2016
Under the Radar 29: Numbers and Analytics
Using data, market research, and analytics to improve your apps and better allocate your time.
May 26, 2016
Under the Radar 28: Wear Your Own T-Shirt
Becoming more comfortable with self-promotion in the right contexts.
May 20, 2016
Under the Radar 27: Fast App Review
How iOS development will change if the recent app-review speedup becomes permanent.
May 13, 2016
Under the Radar 26: Wading Slowly Into AppKit
Experimenting with Mac development and considering its future potential.
May 06, 2016
Under the Radar 25: The Calm Before the Storm
What to do (and not do) in the few months before WWDC.
Apr 28, 2016
Under the Radar 24: Should You Register for a WWDC Ticket?
The value of a WWDC ticket — or going to San Francisco without one.
Apr 19, 2016
Under the Radar 23: Launching Activity++
Handling the launch of David's newest app, and lessons to be learned from it.
Apr 14, 2016
Under the Radar 22: Version Control
The immense value of version control for very small teams — even teams of one.
Apr 08, 2016
Under the Radar 21: App Store Rejection
Tips on avoiding rejections by Apple's app-review staff and what to do when your app get rejected.
Apr 01, 2016
Under the Radar 20: Improving the App Store, Part 2
In the second of a two-part series, we discuss some specific ideas on how the App Store could realistically be improved.
Mar 24, 2016
Under the Radar 19: Improving the App Store, Part 1
In the first of a two-part series, we discuss whether the App Store needs improvement for our benefit, or whether it's working well enough for Apple and customers already.
Mar 19, 2016
Under the Radar 18: Choosing a Pricing Model
Considering paid-up-front, freemium, ad-supported, and completely free business models for David's newest app.
Mar 11, 2016
Under the Radar 17: Work-Life Balance
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance for consultants and the self-employed.
Mar 03, 2016
Under the Radar 16: Designing for Misuse
Accommodating unexpectedly heavy usage, basic web security, and avoiding user-generated spam.
Feb 24, 2016
Under the Radar 15: Marketing at Launch
Marketing, promotion, and celebration of successful launches and major updates.
Feb 17, 2016
Under the Radar 14: Linux Servers for App Developers
An introduction to running your own Linux servers.
Feb 12, 2016
Under the Radar 13: External Dependencies
Weighing the costs of external dependencies in the wake of the Parse shutdown announcement.
Feb 05, 2016
Under the Radar 12: Apps With Personality
Apps with personality vs. neutral voices, and whether independent developers should project a corporate image.
Jan 28, 2016
Under the Radar 11: Ad-Funded Apps
Real-world experience with ad-funded apps, and what the iAd shutdown announcement may mean.
Jan 22, 2016
Under the Radar 10: Designed by a Programmer
Getting by without a designer, and programmatic drawing of image assets.
Jan 14, 2016
Under the Radar 9: State of the Apple Watch
Where Apple Watch development stands today, and what could improve it in the future.
Jan 08, 2016
Under the Radar 8: Vacation
Avoiding burnout, minimizing self-imposed stress, and taking vacations.
Dec 24, 2015
Under the Radar 7: Building New Features
How we design, build, and ship new features in our apps.
Dec 18, 2015
Under the Radar 6: How to Become a Programmer
Our origin stories and tips for beginners to get started.
Dec 11, 2015
Under the Radar 5: Managing Feedback
Considering feedback and feature requests from beta testers and customers.
Dec 05, 2015
Under the Radar 4: Unexpected Complexity
Handling unexpected complexities, and deciding whether to tackle complex problems.
Nov 25, 2015
Under the Radar 3: Ergonomics
Ensuring your work setup is as comfortable as possible for long-term use and reducing the risks of developing RSI.
Nov 18, 2015
Under the Radar 2: Time for Swift
Why we haven't adopted Swift yet, when we might, and whether we should expand into additional platforms instead.
Nov 10, 2015
Under the Radar 1: Adapting to the Market
How independent iOS app developers can find ways to thrive in a highly competitive, commoditized App Store.
Nov 04, 2015