By 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 Viticci and John Voorhees.

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

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

Aug 13, 2018
73 – Show Me Your Mac Menu Bar Apps

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

Aug 06, 2018
72 – What Makes an App a Pro App?

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

Jul 30, 2018
71 – PDF Apps

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

Jul 23, 2018
70 – Apps for Managing Big Projects

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.

Jul 16, 2018
69 – An Interview with Ryan Cash and Harry Nesbitt of Team Alto

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

Jul 15, 2018
68 – Interviews with Michael Flarup and Marc Edwards

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

Jul 14, 2018
67 – An Interview with Zach Gage

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.

Jul 13, 2018
66 – Interviews with Becky Hansmeyer and Heidi Helen Pilypas

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

Jul 12, 2018
65 – An Interview with Marco Arment and David Smith

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.

Jul 11, 2018
64 – An Interview with Craig Hockenberry and James Thomson

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.

Jul 10, 2018
63 – App Store Storytime

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

Jul 09, 2018
62 – Demystifying SiriKit

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

Jul 02, 2018
61 – Attention Revisited: iOS 12 Notifications, Do Not Disturb, and Screen Time

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.

Jun 25, 2018
60 – The Apps of WWDC 2018

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

Jun 18, 2018
59 – Our iPhone X Home Screens

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

Jun 11, 2018
58 – Imagining What iOS Could Do for Mac Apps

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

Jun 04, 2018
57 – Pick 2: Spark 2 and 1Password 7 for Mac

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.

May 28, 2018
56 – Controlling The Time Spent on Your iPhone

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.

May 21, 2018
55 – iOS System Apps Wish List

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

May 14, 2018
54 – Pick 2: GoodNotes and Working Copy

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.

May 07, 2018
53 – In Search of Apple TV Apps

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

Apr 30, 2018
52 – Do-Everything vs. Single-Purpose Apps

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

Apr 23, 2018
51 – TMI: Saving Content for Later

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

Apr 16, 2018
50 – TMI: Managing the Information Firehose

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

Apr 09, 2018
49 – Pick 2: Bear and DEVONthink

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

Apr 02, 2018
48 – Interview: Accessibility with Filmmaker James Rath

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

Mar 26, 2018
47 – Apple App Acquisitions

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

Mar 19, 2018
46 – App Culture: Health, Fitness, and Quantified Self Apps

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.

Mar 12, 2018
45 – An Interview with Harry Nesbitt and Ryan Cash About Alto’s Odyssey

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.

Mar 05, 2018
44 – App Culture: Mindfulness and Meditation Apps

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

Feb 26, 2018
43 – How We Use RSS

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.

Feb 19, 2018
42 – RSS Services and Apps

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.

Feb 12, 2018
41 – iOS 11’s Effect on Our iOS Habits

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.

Feb 05, 2018
40 – How Apps Fit Into Our TV and Movie Watching

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

Jan 29, 2018
39 – The Mac App Store’s Problems

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.

Jan 22, 2018
38 – An Interview with James Thomson, Creator of PCalc and DragThing

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.

Jan 15, 2018
37 – Our Ideal Email Client

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

Jan 08, 2018
36 – The Impact of App Pre-Orders on Developers and Their Customers

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

Dec 18, 2017
35 – An Interview with Christian Selig, Creator of Reddit Client Apollo

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.

Dec 11, 2017
34 – Pick 2: Pixelmator Pro and Things 3

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.

Dec 04, 2017
33 – What’s on Our Apple Watches

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.

Nov 27, 2017
32 – Apps and Good Intentions

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

Nov 20, 2017
31 – What Makes an App Sticky?

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

Nov 13, 2017
30 – The Apps and Workflows We Use to Cover Apple Earnings Calls

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.

Nov 06, 2017
29 – Geeky macOS Apps

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

Oct 30, 2017
28 – Interview: Automation and Apps with Greg Pierce of Agile Tortoise

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

Oct 23, 2017
27 – Music Services and Apps

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

Oct 16, 2017
26 – Tips for Travelers

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.

Oct 09, 2017
25 – iOS 11 Drag and Drop Apps

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.

Oct 02, 2017
24 – Our Favorite iOS 11 Apps, Part 1

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.

Sep 25, 2017
23 – The Apps Behind Federico’s iOS 11 Review

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.

Sep 19, 2017
22 – Apps with a Human Touch

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.

Sep 11, 2017
21 – Breaking Up iTunes Is Hard to Do

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.

Sep 04, 2017
20 – Ulysses’ Switch to Subscriptions and Apple’s to 64-Bit Apps

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.

Aug 28, 2017
19 – Interview: Running an App Development Studio with Dermot Daly

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.

Aug 21, 2017
18 – Shelf and Clipboard Apps on macOS and iOS

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.

Aug 14, 2017
17 – Our iPad Home Screens

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.

Aug 07, 2017
16 – Evolving the iMessage App Store

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.

Jul 31, 2017
15 – iOS 11’s Files App

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.

Jul 24, 2017
14 – Pick 2: Ulysses and FullContact

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.

Jul 17, 2017
13 – Interview: Rehearsal Pro with David H. Lawrence XVII

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.

Jul 10, 2017
12 – The State of Non-Native Apps

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.

Jul 03, 2017
11 – iOS 11’s Impact on Third-Party Apps

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

Jun 26, 2017
10 – iOS 11’s All-New App Store

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.

Jun 19, 2017
9 – Competing with iOS System Apps

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.

Jun 12, 2017
8 – Interview: Hidden Folks with Adriaan de Jongh

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.

Jun 05, 2017
7 – Tip Jars with Benefits

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

May 29, 2017
6 – Interview: The Making of the CARROT Apps with Brian Mueller

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.

May 22, 2017
5 – App Subscriptions

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

May 15, 2017
4 – Interview: App Discovery and the iTunes Affiliate Program with AfterPad’s Kevin MacLeod

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.

May 08, 2017
3 – Interview: App Camp for Girls with Jean MacDonald and Grey Osten

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.

May 01, 2017
2 – Setting Up a New iOS Device

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.

Apr 24, 2017
1 – Welcome to AppStories

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

Apr 20, 2017