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  • My MacStories Story: How iOS Automation Changed My Life

    Fri 10:41am By Alex Guyot
    Six years ago I was a senior in high school – a laughably short timeline compared to the immensity of growth and change which took place within it. Graduation, all of college, and a lonely move across the country; a career imagined, pursued, and achieved;…
  • A Brief History of The Prompt and Connected

    Thu 12:00pm By Stephen Hackett
    "I think we should talk to Federico about joining the show." With that, my podcasting career – and life – got a lot better. This was the spring of 2013. Myke Hurley and I were packing our bags at Myke's original podcast network, heading over to 5by5. He…
  • How MacStories Instigated My iPad-First Journey

    Thu 11:00am By Ryan Christoffel
    When I started reading MacStories, the site had already shifted its focus from the Mac to the iPad – and that's what drew me in. I've been an Apple admirer for as long as I can remember, but in my younger years the company's products were simply outside my…
  • New Club MacStories Perk: 6 Months of 1Password Families Free for New Subscribers

    Thu 10:00am By Ryan Christoffel
    It's been a special week for us. In reflecting on the first decade of MacStories, two things have stood out to me as being crucial elements' of the site's continued flourishing: an enthusiastic, supportive base of readers, and a steady stream of great apps to…
  • Apple Marks Earth Day with Expanded Recycling Programs and an Apple Watch Challenge

    Thu 8:45am By John Voorhees
    With Earth Day just around the corner, Apple has issued a press release announcing the expansion of its existing iPhone recycling program, an Apple Watch fitness challenge and more. Last year for Earth Day, Apple took the wraps off of Daisy, a recycling robot…
  • Connected, Episode 239: Pizza Trousers

    Wed 5:17pm By Federico Viticci
    This week, in the absence of adult supervision, Myke and Federico discuss their new favorite time zone app and consider some recent iOS 13 rumors before Ticci talks about what arrived in his mailbox. On this week's Connected, in addition to CalZones and iPad…
  • Review: Touchtype Pro Offers an Ingenious All-in-One Solution for iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard Users

    Wed 3:03pm By Federico Viticci
    The Touchtype Pro is a clever new accessory created by Salman Sajid that aims to combine the iPad Pro with Apple's Magic Keyboard using a flexible cover case and magnets. Sajid launched a campaign for the product earlier this month on Kickstarter, where you…
  • MacStories’ Heart

    Wed 1:00pm By John Voorhees
    Ten years is a long time on the Internet. So many companies have come and gone in that time, making it worth considering what it is about MacStories that has endured. Having worked with Federico for roughly a third of that time, I can’t claim to be…
  • Introducing MacStories Unplugged

    Wed 11:18am By John Voorhees
    Every fall, Federico and I put our heads together to come up with new and exciting perks for Club MacStories members to mark the Club’s anniversary. In 2017 we were less than six months into AppStories, and although we love talking about apps every week, we…
  • CalZones Review

    Wed 10:00am By Federico Viticci
    I've always struggled to find apps that understand how people work across multiple time zones. In the 10 years I've been writing MacStories, I've come across dozens of time zone conversion utilities (and I even created my own with Shortcuts), but as someone…
  • The Perfect Side Gig

    Tue 11:00am By Graham Spencer
    MacStories was a big part of my life for over five years, from January 2011 through November 2016. I only vaguely recall emailing Federico about the possibility of writing for MacStories, though I do remember sending him two sample articles – one of which…
  • ‘Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level’ Is an Insightful Look at the Values that…

    Tue 8:22am By John Voorhees
    Leander Kahney, who has previously published books about Steve Jobs and Jony Ive, takes on the ascent of Apple’s current CEO in a new book titled Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level. When Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, many people doubted…
  • AppStories, Episode 107 – Interview: Ten Years of MacStories with Federico Viticci

    Tue 5:52am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, 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…
  • Latest iPad Pro Ads Highlight the Device’s Versatility

    Mon 5:25pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Apple published six new videos that focus on the iPad Pro. Five of them are continuations of the 'A New Way' series that debuted in January, highlighting the device's versatility in tasks like video creation, wedding planning, and serving as the perfect…
  • Announcing the MacStories 10th Anniversary T-shirt and Pin

    Mon 10:36am By John Voorhees
    We’re very fortunate at MacStories to have a terrific group of loyal readers. As MacStories turns 10 and has become known not just for the site, but also Club MacStories and AppStories, it felt like the perfect time to celebrate with MacStories’ very first…
  • 10 Years of MacStories

    Mon 10:31am By Federico Viticci
    Later this week on Saturday, April 20, MacStories will turn 10 years old. It was Monday, April 20, 2009 when, fresh out of a job from which I had gotten fired, I decided to publish the first official post on my self-hosted blog after a few weeks of running a…
  • Agenda: First Your Calendar, Now Your Reminders [Sponsor]

    Mon 8:11am By MacStories Team
    Agenda is a strong new entrant in the arena of note taking apps for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It’s elegant and powerful — Agenda was the only Mac app to win an Apple Design Award in 2018 — and includes a few twists on what you have come to expect from a…
  • Calory Review: Simple, Convenient Calorie Tracking

    Apr 12, 2019, 9:00 am By Ryan Christoffel
    In my estimation, there are two types of nutrition-tracking apps on the App Store: those for users who want full control of all nitty-gritty details regarding what they consume, and those for people like me who just want to do simple calorie-tracking. Calory,…
  • Connected, Episode 238: Weird Plex, But Okay

    Apr 10, 2019, 6:53 pm By Federico Viticci
    Federico has discovered something terrible about his childhood, Stephen had an accident and Myke wants a new TV. After all of that is taken care of, the trio talk about a new iPad case that uses the Magic Keyboard and using macOS as an iPad app. On this week's…
  • Mobile Video Production Spotlighted at the 2019 NAB Show

    Apr 10, 2019, 3:22 pm By John Voorhees
    Every year, the National Association of Broadcasters holds a trade show spotlighting advancements in technology in the media and entertainment industries. Jeff Benjamin, who produces much of 9to5Mac’s video content, was on hand for the show this week and…
  • Using a Mac from iOS, Part 2 – Luna Display and macOS as an App

    Apr 10, 2019, 7:58 am By Federico Viticci
    iPad Diaries is a regular series about using the iPad as a primary computer. You can find more installments here and subscribe to the dedicated RSS feed. In the first part of my ongoing experiment with controlling and accessing a Mac from the iPad Pro, I…
  • AppStories, Episode 106 – The Apps of Apple’s March 25 Services Event

    Apr 9, 2019, 8:06 am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we 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. Sponsored by: Luna Display:…
  • Pixelmator Photo: The MacStories Review

    Apr 9, 2019, 7:04 am By John Voorhees
    The Pixelmator team has released Pixelmator Photo, a pro-level photo editing tool that couples the core functionality of Pixelmator Pro for the Mac with the strengths of the iPad. The result, though not without a few caveats, is a sophisticated set of image…
  • HoudahSpot 5 Review: Advanced File Search and Filtering on the Mac

    Apr 8, 2019, 11:10 am By John Voorhees
    There's a lot of power lurking under the hood of the Mac’s Spotlight search index, but that’s also the trouble. To make Spotlight accessible to more users, many of the feature’s most useful tools are hidden behind menus and special search syntax.…
  • Arq: Trustworthy Backup [Sponsor]

    Apr 8, 2019, 7:04 am By MacStories Team
    Backups of your computer’s files have to be trustworthy. If you can’t trust your backups, they’re not really backups. The reason Stefan created Arq Backup for the Mac back in 2009 was because he couldn’t find an online solution that felt like real…
  • Castro Launches Top Picks Feature for Intelligent Episode Recommendations

    Apr 4, 2019, 2:38 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    In an update arriving today, Castro is introducing a new Top Picks feature designed to make managing a large number of podcast subscriptions easier than ever. One of Castro's most defining traits is its triage system: the app by default stores new episodes of…
  • BBEdit Returns to the Mac App Store After 4+ Year Absence

    Apr 4, 2019, 11:55 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Beginning today, BBEdit 12 is available for download through the Mac App Store. BBEdit was previously listed for purchase through the Mac App Store, but famously left the store in October 2014. Last year, however, Apple announced on-stage at WWDC that BBEdit…
  • PageTurn Uses Facial Recognition for Hands-Free Navigation of PDFs, Perfect for Musicians

    Apr 4, 2019, 10:48 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Developer and musician Stephen Coyle just released a new app that enables hands-free page turning of PDFs via facial expressions. The aptly-named PageTurn utilizes the power of the TrueDepth camera system found in all iOS devices that support Face ID – the…
  • Connected, Episode 237: All the Different Flavors of iCloud

    Apr 3, 2019, 4:48 pm By Federico Viticci
    AirPower is dead, Powerbeats Pro are here, Federico is having a good week on Twitter and iCloud Drive deserves some attention from Apple. A good episode of Connected this week – we talk about wireless chargers, new Beats headphones, and a whole list of…
  • Beats Announces Powerbeats Pro Wireless Workout Headphones

    Apr 3, 2019, 2:16 pm By John Voorhees
    Apple subsidiary Beats has announced the Powerbeats Pro, $250 H1-powered workout-oriented headphones that dispense with all wires. Apple purchased Beats in 2014 and has incorporated some of its technologies like the W1 chip into its Powerbeats and Beats Solo3…