AppStories, Episode 240 – A Look at the HomeKit and tvOS Updates Coming Soon

This week on AppStories, we look at Apple’s evolving approach to the way HomeKit devices and entertainment features are incorporated into the company’s OSes. [subscribe_to_appstories] On AppStories+, Federico covers WidgetPod and Marvis Pro and John gives Federico Apple Maps home … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Apple’s September 14, 2021 Keynote: By the Numbers

As usual, Apple sprinkled facts, figures, and statistics throughout the keynote today. Here are highlights of some of those metrics from the event, which was held online from Apple Park in Cupertino, California. iPhone 13 Lineup iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini 28% brighter display 8 … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Apple Update the iPad mini and 10.2” iPad

At today’s Apple event, the company unveiled updates to the iPad mini and the 10.2” iPad. The 10.2” version continues to serve as Apple’s entry-level iPad at the lowest price point of any iPad, while the mini takes a more pro-like turn compared to its predecessor. iPad mini The n … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Apple Watch Series 7: The MacStories Overview

At this morning’s virtual keynote event, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams announced the Apple Watch Series 7. Packing a brand-new display, a more rounded case design, faster charging, and greater resistance to cracking and dust, the Series 7 is a very nice iterative … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

The New iPhone 13 Lineup: The MacStories Overview

Today, Apple debuted its iPhone 13 lineup consisting of four new models: iPhone 13 mini iPhone 13 iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max Similar to the iPhone 12 family of devices, the iPhone 13 and 13 mini are the more affordable options, while the two Pro models add premium features a … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Replay Apple’s September 14, 2021 Keynote and Other Videos

If you didn’t follow the live stream or announcements as they unfolded today, you can replay it on Apple’s Events site and catch the product videos on Apple’s YouTube channel. The keynote video can be streamed here and on the Apple TV using the TV app. A high-quality version is a … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Apple Announces New iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watch Availability

Today Apple announced the following pre-order and availability dates for the products announced today: iPhones iPhone 13 mini Pre-order: September 17 Availability: September 24 iPhone 13 Pre-order: September 17 Availability: September 24 iPhone 13 Pro Pre-order: September 17 Avai … | Continue reading | 2 days ago

Shazam Crosses 1 Billion Songs Recognized from Control Center

Today, Shazam surpassed 1 billion songs recognized using its Music Recognition control available in iOS and iPadOS’s Control Center. That’s a huge number, especially considering that the feature was first added in iOS and iPadOS 14.2 less than a year ago. The Music Recognition co … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Shake: Bug, Feedback, and Crash Reporting Tool for Your Mobile App [Sponsor]

Shake eliminates the headaches and hassles of processing bug reports in your mobile app. Tracking down bugs and fixing them is critical to your app’s success, but too often, identifying and resolving them is an inefficient mess. With the Shake SDK, you can streamline the process … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

What Does It All Mean?: A Look at Judge Gonzalez Rogers’ Decision in the Epic Versus Apple Trial

Yesterday, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decided Epic Games’ antitrust lawsuit against Apple, delivering a ruling in favor of Apple that comes with significant caveats. Although the Judge found that Apple‘s operation of the App Store isn’t an exercise of monopolistic p … | Continue reading | 5 days ago

MacStories Unwind: FaceTime, HomeKit, tvOS, Maps Updates in Italy, and the Upcoming Apple Event

[audio_player src=”” mime_type=”audio/mpeg” total_duration=”00:21:24” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] Spo … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Apple Rolls Out Updated Apple Maps with Nationwide Look Around, Improved Navigation, and More in Italy

Earlier this summer Apple began testing the expansion of its updated Maps data in Italy, a rollout that started with North America before continuing in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, and Portugal. Today, the company officially launched its new Maps data in Italy, San Marino, … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

FaceTime’s Audio and Video Take a Leap Forward With Apple’s Upcoming iPhone, iPad, and Mac OS Updates

FaceTime has been a centerpiece feature across all of Apple’s platforms for a long time. However, with the pandemic, it became more important than ever, playing a critical role in the way friends and family have stayed connected. Of course, FaceTime isn’t the only way have kept i … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

AppStories, Episode 239 – Reminders, Notes, and App Customization

This week on AppStories, we examine the growing trend of app customization in the context of Apple’s system apps, focusing on Reminders’ Tag Browser and Smart Lists and Notes’ Tag Browser and Smart Folders. [subscribe_to_appstories] On AppStories+, Federico explains how his recen … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Apple Announces September 14 Event

As first reported by Myke Hurley of Relay FM, Apple has announced a media event for September 14, 2021 at 10:00 am Pacific. The event will be streamed online. Based on widespread speculation, Apple is expected to introduce … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Apple’s Fall OS Updates Promise Deeper HomeKit and Entertainment Integration

Apple’s fall OS updates will include a variety of HomeKit and home entertainment features. Unsurprisingly, some of those changes can be found in the company’s Home and TV apps, but this year, those apps only tell part of the overall story. To get the full picture, you need to zoo … | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Quill: Messaging to Make Your Team Better [Sponsor]

Quill is the messaging app and service that puts you, your time, and your focus first so you and your team can work together better. With Quill, you’re in control of what messages you see and how much you see. That helps you stay focused and on task without constantly being inter … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

MacStories Unwind: Reminders Smart Lists, Building Calliope, and ‘Reader’ Apps Get Web Links

[audio_player src=”” mime_type=”audio/mpeg” total_duration=”00:20:11” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] Spo … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Apple to Allow Reader Apps to Link to Account Management Pages on the Web in Early 2022

Apple has resolved an investigation by the Japan Fair Trade Commission by agreeing to allow ‘reader’ apps to link to websites to set up and manage an account with the app’s provider beginning in early 2022. The agreement reflects a loosening of existing App Store Guidelines and w … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Reminders’ Smart Lists Put Unprecedented Control in the Hands of Users

A couple of years ago, Apple transformed Reminders from a simple checklist-style task manager into something far more robust. It was a surprising but welcome update that made the app a good choice as the sole task manager for many users. Reminders is back with more surprises this … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Building Calliope: A Technical Journey Through MacStories’ Big Software Project

Last week the MacStories team launched Project Calliope, an enormous new software project that we’ve been working on tirelessly for the last year. If you’ve been following along, you’ve heard us describe Calliope as a CMS; but from a software-engineering perspective, it’s actuall … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

AppStories, Episode 238 – The Complexity of Defining Great Modern Mac Apps

This week on AppStories, we explore the many ways Mac apps can be made today and how the frameworks, along with design choices and other factors are redefining the landscape of apps on the Mac and what constitutes a great Mac app. [subscribe_to_appstories] On AppStories+, John te … | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Relay FM’s Third Annual Fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Is Underway

Recently, Relay FM, which was founded by our close friends Stephen Hackett and Myke Hurley, kicked off their annual fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help combat childhood cancer. This year’s third annual fundraiser has already raised over $70,000 with a goa … | Continue reading | 17 days ago

MacStories Unwind: Club Announcements, Custom Domains for Email, and TestFlight for Mac

[audio_player src=”” mime_type=”audio/mpeg” total_duration=”00:17:31” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] Spo … | Continue reading | 20 days ago

A Closer Look at the Club MacStories Perks Announced This Week

Before I dig into the details about all the new perks we’re offering as part of Club MacStories, here are some handy links where you can see everything summarized and find answers to questions you may have: Club MacStories Plans page Club MacStories+ Details Club Premier Details … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

TestFlight for Mac Has Finally Arrived

I’ve waited seemingly forever for TestFlight for Mac, so I’m pleased to report that a beta is finally available. The app was released late yesterday, so first thing this morning, I downloaded it and started testing. Here’s what Apple’s developer news site has to say about its bet … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Setting Up a Custom Domain for iCloud Email

Following a tip by one of our members in the Club MacStories+ Discord server last night (if you haven’t joined yet, now’s a great time to do so), I came across the settings page on the website to configure a custom domain and email address with iCloud Mail. This i … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Automation Academy and The Macintosh Desktop Experience: Exclusive Monthly Features for Club MacStories+ and Club Premier Members

MacStories’ roots are in writing, so it’s only natural that Club MacStories+ and Club Premier are expanding beyond our weekly and monthly newsletters to offer two new exclusive features: Automation Academy and The Macintosh Desktop Experience. Freed of the constraint of an email … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

AppStories, Episode 237 – Introducing the All-New Club MacStories

This week on AppStories, we introduce two new tiers of Club MacStories, run down all the new features of each tier, explain the web app that powers it all, and officially release a back catalog of three months worth of bonus AppStories+ content. Sponsored by: Quill – Messaging to … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Deeper on Calliope, Our New Web App for Club MacStories and AppStories

Yesterday, we unveiled the all-new Club MacStories, featuring the new Club MacStories+ and Club Premier tiers, a new web app, a Discord community, new original content for members, and more. You can read my announcement here, and sign up for (or upgrade to) the new Club MacStorie … | Continue reading | 23 days ago

Introducing the All-New Club MacStories: New Tiers for More Original Content, Discord Community, Search and Custom RSS, and Our New ‘Calliope’ Web App

TL;DR: Today, we’re announcing the all-new Club MacStories featuring two additional tiers: Club MacStories+ and Club Premier. The new plans offer extra content, a brand new, powerful web app to read Club articles on the web with advanced search and RSS features, exclusive discoun … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Hubstaff: The All-In-One Work Time Tracker For Managing Field or Remote Teams [Sponsor]

Hubstaff is the all-in-one time tracking solution for managing field and remote teams that you’ve always wanted. Focusing on the right priorities is critical to managing your employees, and with Hubstaff, you’ve got the tools you need to track productivity and power through proje … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

MacStories Unwind: An AppStories+ Pre-Announcement, Mela, and a New Tetris Game

[audio_player src=”” total_duration=”00:18:42” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] This week on MacStories Un … | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Introducing AppStories+: An Extended, Ad-Free Edition Delivered Early

Federico and I are excited to introduce AppStories+, an extended, ad-free version of the podcast we’ve been hosting together since 2017, which will be releasing a day earlier than usual with higher bitrate audio. AppStories+ is just one part of a series of announcements that we’l … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

AppStories, Episode 236 – Sideloading Apps and Games on the iPhone and iPad

This week on AppStories, we explore the world of sideloaded apps and games on the iPhone and iPad, including AltStore and the kinds of apps and game emulators it makes possible. Sponsored by: Memberful – Monetize your passion with membership. Technology Untangled – Join Michael B … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Mela: An Elegant and Innovative Recipe and Cooking App for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Silvio Rizzi, the developer of RSS client Reeder, has released a brand new recipe and cooking app called Mela for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, which has immediately become my favorite apps for planning and preparing meals. For me, the two essential aspects of an app like this are h … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

MacStories Unwind: Apple Maps, Obsidian, and Markdown Editors in Task Managers

[audio_player src=”” mime_type=”audio/mpeg” total_duration=”00:22:46” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] Spo … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal Interviews Craig Federighi About Apple’s Upcoming Child Safety Features

Last week, Apple announced two new child safety features coming this fall that stirred up controversy in the security and privacy world. The first is a technology that scans photos that are uploaded to customers’ iCloud Photo Libraries for digital fingerprints that match a databa … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Billie Eilish and Apple Music Promote Spatial Audio with Short Film

Apple and Billie Eilish have collaborated on a video visualizing Spatial Audio, the Dolby Atmos-powered audio technology designed to create an immersive listening experience for music fans. Eilish recently released her album Happier Than Ever, which is available on Apple Music in … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Apple Maps for iOS and iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey: The MacStories Overview

Maps is unique among Apple system apps. Most system apps, like Notes or Reminders, are only updated at the same time that major revisions of the company’s underlying operating systems are released. Tweaks are sometimes made with OS point releases but never separate from the OS up … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Things Adds Extensive Markdown Support and Search for Extended Notes Attached to Tasks

The intersection of tasks and notes poses an interesting problem. Often, a task requires notes for context and details that can’t be captured with a single line of text. Likewise, notes very often spawn tasks of their own. The difficulty is how to harmonize the two coherently. If … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

AppStories, Episode 235 – An Interview with Malin Sundberg

This week on AppStories, we continue the Summer OS Preview Series with special guest Malin Sundberg, the creator of time tracking and invoicing app Orbit, for a chat about the development of Orbit, SwiftUI, Shortcuts for Mac, SharePlay, and more. Sponsored by: Concepts – Sketch, … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

My Obsidian Setup, Part 1: Sync, Core Plugins, Workspaces, and Other Settings

Last month, after a long beta period I’ve participated in for the past few months, the official Obsidian app for iPhone and iPad launched on the App Store. I’ve covered Obsidian and my approach to writing my annual iOS review in it on both AppStories and Connected; because I’m bu … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

UpNote: The Best Cross-Platform Note-Taking App [Sponsor]

UpNote is an elegant and powerful note-taking app that works across every major platform, making it the perfect solution for your note-taking needs. Designed to make it easy to take notes anywhere and stay focused, UpNote combines a beautiful interface with a fluid workflow for a … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

MacStories Unwind: A Tech Confession, Quick Note, Keyboards, TV, and a Podcast

[audio_player src=”” mime_type=”audio/mpeg” total_duration=”00:22:38” caption=”“] [subscribe_to_unwind] Spo … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Apple Announces Child Safety Features Coming This Fall

Today, Apple announced three new child safety features for its operating systems that will launch when its operating systems are updated in the fall. The implementation details of the features are technically complex, which makes reading the full documentation worthwhile if you a … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Fast Capture with Quick Note for iPad and Mac: The MacStories Overview

When I’m researching, speed is essential. Whether I’m planning a family trip or preparing to write a story like this one, the first step is research, which starts with collecting information. This stage is almost always a speed run for me, no matter the context. That’s because th … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

AppStories, Episode 234 – Beta OS Impressions Continued

This week on AppStories, we dig into the latest public OS betas and share our thoughts on changes to Safari on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, Books on the Mac, Quick Note, Focus, and Live Text. Sponsored by: Instabug – Ship Quality Apps with Real-Time Contextual Insights Boom 3D – Ta … | Continue reading | 1 month ago