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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
129 – The Apps of Apple’s Fall Event

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.

Sep 16, 2019
128 – Organizing iOS 13’s New Share Sheet

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.

Sep 09, 2019
127 – Returning to Apple Mail

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

Sep 02, 2019
126 – Sidecar

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.

Aug 26, 2019
125 – Apple Maps in iOS 13 with Ryan Christoffel

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.

Aug 19, 2019
124 – CarPlay in iOS 13 and Vignette with Casey Liss

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.

Aug 12, 2019
123 – Is Competing with Apple’s iOS Apps Getting Tougher?

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.

Aug 05, 2019
122 – Pick 2: Flighty and Pushover

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.

Jul 29, 2019
121 – How Travel Affects The Apps and Gear We Use

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.

Jul 22, 2019
120 – Changes to Photos Coming in iOS 13 and Catalina

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

Jul 15, 2019
119 – You Downloaded What?

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

Jul 08, 2019
118 – Reminders in iOS 13

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

Jul 01, 2019
117 – Catalyst to the Rescue

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.

Jun 24, 2019
116 – Notes in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

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.

Jun 17, 2019
115 – WWDC 2019 App-tacular

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.

Jun 11, 2019
114 – Craig Federighi: The AppStories Interview

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.

Jun 06, 2019
113 – Timery for Toggl Plus a Dialog Sneak Peek

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.

May 27, 2019
112 – Behind the Scenes of Federico’s iPad Story

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.

May 21, 2019
111 – iOS 13 App Rumors and Wishes

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.

May 13, 2019
110 – Revisiting the Breakup of iTunes

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

May 06, 2019
109 – Pick 2: Moment and MindNode

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.

Apr 29, 2019
108 – Our New Mac mini Setups

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.

Apr 22, 2019
107 – Interview: Ten Years of MacStories with Federico Viticci

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.

Apr 15, 2019
106 – The Apps of Apple’s March 25 Services Event

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.

Apr 08, 2019
105 – Pro iPad Apps and Where iOS Holds Them Back

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.

Apr 01, 2019
104 – iOS Wish List Part 2 – HomeKit and Shortcuts

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

Mar 25, 2019
103 – Reading Apps

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

Mar 18, 2019
102 – Utility Grab Bag, Part 2

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

Mar 11, 2019
101 – iOS 13 Wish List Part 1: Files and the iPad Home Screen

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

Mar 04, 2019
100 – App Trends

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.

Feb 25, 2019
99 – Pick 2: Everyday Workflows

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.

Feb 18, 2019
98 – Mixed iOS/Mac Automation

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.

Feb 11, 2019
97 – Utility App Grab Bag

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

Feb 04, 2019
96 – Alternatives to Apple’s App Short List

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.

Jan 28, 2019
95 – Interview: Directing Animated Feature Films Using an iPad Pro with Yarrow Cheney

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.

Jan 21, 2019
94 – Interview: iOS Game Design with Edwin Smith of Feral Interactive

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.

Jan 14, 2019
93 – 2019 Themes from Our Must-Have iOS and Mac Apps

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.

Jan 07, 2019
92 – Introducing the 2018 MacStories Selects

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

Dec 17, 2018
91 – Apps for Planning Projects Big and Small

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

Dec 10, 2018
90 – Taking iOS Photography Further with RAW Camera Apps and Editors

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

Dec 03, 2018
89 – iOS and Apps in the Car

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

Nov 26, 2018
88 – Returning to the iPad Pro

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.

Nov 19, 2018
87 – Pick 2: Grocery and HomeRun

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.

Nov 12, 2018
86 – Apps and the New iPad Pro

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.

Nov 05, 2018
85 – iOS Personalization and Customization

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.

Oct 29, 2018
84 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 2

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.

Oct 22, 2018
83 – Frequently-Used Shortcuts, Part 1

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

Oct 15, 2018
82 – Our Apple Watch Faces, Complications, and Docks

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.

Oct 08, 2018
81 – Mac and iOS App Convergence

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.

Oct 01, 2018
80 – Our Favorite Apps with iOS 12 Features (Part 2)

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

Sep 24, 2018
79 – Our Favorite Apps with iOS 12 Features (Part 1)

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

Sep 17, 2018
78 – Exploring Twitter Apps

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

Sep 10, 2018
77 – Expanding Apple’s Reminders with Third-Party Apps

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.

Sep 03, 2018
76 – Our Favorite Share Sheet Extensions

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

Aug 27, 2018
75 – I Set Up a Fake Child

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

Aug 20, 2018
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