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  • Apple to Revise Mojave’s Catalyst Apps in macOS Catalina

    2:10pm By Ryan Christoffel
    When Apple launched macOS Mojave last year, it included four built-in apps that had been ported from the iPad using what we now know as Project Catalyst. Home, Voice Memos, News, and Stocks have been regularly criticized for not being very Mac-like, and some…
  • Apple Stores Showing Signs of Change Under Deirdre O’Brien’s Leadership

    Tue 12:34pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Michael Steeber reports for 9to5Mac on some interesting developments he’s observed in certain Apple Stores recently: Apple is evolving its in-store shopping experience with signage and display fixtures that remove ambiguity and encourage increased hands-on…
  • Nintendo Announces Dr. Mario World Coming to iOS July 10

    Tue 11:53am By Ryan Christoffel
    Today Nintendo announced its latest mobile venture coming to iPhone and iPad: Dr. Mario World, which is available to pre-order now and will launch July 10th. Dr. Mario World is a match 3-style game in the vein of Candy Crush, whereby you try to match your…
  • I Won’t Sit Down: Songwriting with Frank Turner (Part 1)

    Tue 10:07am By John Voorhees
    In the fall of 2013, I sat in the first row balcony of The Vic theater on Chicago’s north side. I was there to see Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls for the first time. Can you see me stage left in the baseball cap? Today, we published the latest interview…
  • AppStories, Episode 116 – Notes in iOS 13 and macOS Catalina

    Tue 7:08am By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we start a series of episodes on the new and updated apps coming to iOS and macOS Catalina in the fall starting with Notes. Sponsored by: Astropad Studio – Turn your iPad into a professional graphics tablet. Get started…
  • Connected, Episode 247: You Never Want the Egg

    Mon 9:23pm By Federico Viticci
    With the dust settling from WWDC, the boys go through Apple’s major platforms and talk about what they are excited about seeing in these releases. On last week's episode of Connected, we went over our favorite announcements from WWDC. You can listen below…
  • Adobe Previews New iPad Drawing and Painting App, Fresco

    Mon 12:45pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Last year around the time Adobe began detailing its forthcoming Photoshop for iPad, the company also shared word of another iPad app it was working on, then called Project Gemini. Today in a blog post, Scott Belsky of Adobe announced Adobe Fresco as the…
  • Tumult Hype Professional 4.0: Create Stunning Web Animations Without the Code [Sponsor]

    Mon 7:21am By MacStories Team
    The web is a visual medium, so it pays to make the most of what it has to offer with beautiful, interactive animations. With Tumult Hype Professional 4.0 for the Mac, you can create stunning animations without writing a single line of code. The app uses a…
  • Adapt, Episode 3: iPadOS First Look and Voice-Only Computing

    Fri 12:29pm By Federico Viticci
    Before diving into the newly announced iPadOS 13 and its Files improvements, Ryan shares how he cheated on his challenge using a powerful new iPadOS feature. In this week's episode of Adapt, Ryan explains how he tackled my dictation challenge and we start…
  • Soulver 3 for Mac: The MacStories Review

    Jun 13, 2019, 11:00 am By John Voorhees
    The strength of Soulver lies in its flexibility. Full-fledged spreadsheet apps like Numbers and Excel have their place. However, day-to-day life requires calculations that don't demand that level of horsepower and benefit from contextualizing numbers with…
  • Twitterrific 6 Brings Media Enhancements, New Themes and Display Customizations, and More

    Jun 13, 2019, 9:54 am By Ryan Christoffel
    It’s been nearly seven years since Twitterrific 5 launched on the App Store, and so much about Twitter has changed since then. One major shift is the seismic increase in media shared on the platform; as our devices and data speeds have gotten faster, so too…
  • All the Little Details of How ‘Sign In with Apple’ Works

    Jun 13, 2019, 9:07 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Sarah Perez of TechCrunch has assembled an excellent, in-depth walkthrough answering key questions about how Apple’s upcoming authentication service, Sign In with Apple, will work: From a security perspective, Apple offers a better option for both users and…
  • Initial Thoughts on iPadOS: A New Path Forward

    Jun 12, 2019, 10:46 am By Federico Viticci
    When I published my Beyond the Tablet story a few weeks ago, I was optimistic we'd get a handful of iPad-related features and optimizations at WWDC. I did not, however, foresee an entire OS designed specifically around iPad. And the more I think about it, the…
  • AppStories, Episode 115 – WWDC 2019 App-tacular

    Jun 11, 2019, 6:30 pm By John Voorhees
    On this week's episode of AppStories, we are joined by MacStories colleague Alex Guyot in San Jose to talk about the upcoming Notes, Reminders, Apple Watch, and Shortcuts updates coming in the fall. Sponsored by: Luna Display - The only hardware solution that…
  • Dialog Season 1, Episode 3: A Conversation with John Gruber (Part 2)

    Jun 11, 2019, 11:02 am By John Voorhees
    Today, we published the second part of our Dialog interview with John Gruber of Daring Fireball. You can find the episode here or listen in the Dialog web player below. Like Federico, John Gruber was one of the first people I thought of when we began planning…
  • WWDC Podcasts: A Roundup of Episodes with Apple Special Guests

    Jun 10, 2019, 10:00 am By Ryan Christoffel
    If you enjoy podcasts and Apple, your queue of episodes to check out has likely been bursting full since WWDC kicked off last Monday. So many great shows have been published with analysis and impressions of Apple’s announcements, but one thing that's been…
  • Apple Is Listening

    Jun 10, 2019, 9:22 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Marco Arment, from Marco.org: It’s hard to tell when Apple is listening. They speak concisely, infrequently, and only when they’re ready, saying absolutely nothing in the meantime, even when we’re all screaming about a product line as if it’s on fire.…
  • Ulysses: The Ultimate Writing App for Mac, iPad, and iPhone [Sponsor]

    Jun 10, 2019, 7:46 am By MacStories Team
    Ulysses is a powerful text editor for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone that packs an extraordinary depth of features beneath a simple and clean interface. The app's Apple Design Award-winning UI allows you to concentrate on your writing distraction-free with the…
  • Surveying Apple’s Latest Accessibility Work

    Jun 8, 2019, 12:05 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    Steven Aquino, writing for TechCrunch: Although much of the conversation around what Apple announced revolves around iPadOS and Project Catalyst, based on what I’m hearing on podcasts and seeing in my Twitter timeline, Voice Control definitely is a crown…
  • Connected, Episode 246: The Ultimate Dark Mode Is a Crash

    Jun 7, 2019, 8:52 pm By Federico Viticci
    Live from WWDC in San Jose, Federico, Myke and Stephen review their WWDC predications and prizes are awarded after an intervention. Then, iPadOS, Shortcuts and the Mac Pro are discussed before Federico's surprise is unveiled for the world to see. Live from San…
  • Safari on iPadOS is Living Up to the Hype

    Jun 6, 2019, 2:10 pm By Alex Guyot
    Dieter Bohn at The Verge spent some time with the new and improved Safari on iPadOS: Google Docs has long been a huge problem on the iPad, for two reasons. First, Google’s own iPad app is god-awful and the company seems hell-bent on not updating it to work…
  • Hands-On with iPadOS and iOS 13: Changes Big and Small

    Jun 6, 2019, 2:00 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    iPad and iPhone users are in for a big treat this fall when iPadOS and iOS 13 launch. Each update is a major release that pushes Apple’s mobile platforms forward in big and small ways, making them more powerful for consumers and professionals alike. If you…
  • Craig Federighi: The AppStories Interview

    Jun 6, 2019, 12:00 pm By John Voorhees
    It's been an exciting week at WWDC. Despite rumors and leaks going into the keynote on Monday, the presentation was full of surprises and fulfilled many of the wishes of Mac and iOS developers and users. Federico and I arrived in San Jose last weekend and…
  • The Full List of Automation Triggers in Shortcuts for iOS 13

    Jun 5, 2019, 11:58 am By Ryan Christoffel
    On last week’s episode of Adapt I shared that automation for running shortcuts was one of my top two feature requests for iOS 13. And despite the Shortcuts app not receiving much stage time during the WWDC keynote, Apple has officially granted my wish in a…
  • Privacy No Longer a Marketing Angle for Apple, It’s a Service

    Jun 5, 2019, 10:38 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Darrell Etherington, writing for TechCrunch: Apple’s truly transforming into a privacy-as-a-service company, which shows in the way that it’s implementing both the new single sign-on account service, as well as its camera and location services updates in…
  • tvOS 13: The MacStories Overview

    Jun 4, 2019, 2:30 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    The first half of 2019 has in many ways mitigated the Apple TV’s usefulness. Early in the year we learned that smart TVs would gain support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, which were formerly exclusive to Apple’s set-top device. Then more recently, Apple…
  • CarPlay Dashboard to Enable Displaying Multiple Apps in the Fall

    Jun 4, 2019, 1:07 pm By John Voorhees
    According to Apple, CarPlay is currently available in 90% of all cars manufactured in the US and 75% worldwide, which explains why the company announced what it described as the biggest update to CarPlay since its introduction in 2014. The update, which will…
  • macOS Catalina: The MacStories Overview

    Jun 4, 2019, 12:02 pm By Ryan Christoffel
    The Mac is experiencing a new season of change. Following up on last year’s Mojave, which positioned the Mac as a productivity-first platform, this year macOS Catalina ushers in what’s sure to be a flood of new apps on the platform thanks to Project…
  • Apple Design Awards 2019 Winners Announced

    Jun 4, 2019, 11:04 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Topping off a jam-packed day full of exciting software announcements, Apple hosted the 2019 Apple Design Awards at WWDC last night. The Apple Design Awards are a way for Apple to recognize, before a large crowd of developers in attendance, which apps represent…
  • HomePod Gaining Multi-Voice Support and Handoff, AirPods Add Audio Sharing and More

    Jun 4, 2019, 10:30 am By Ryan Christoffel
    Amid yesterday’s packed WWDC keynote, where iOS 13, iPadOS, the new Mac Pro, and more were announced, Apple also shared a few exciting updates coming this fall for its music-focused accessory products: HomePod and AirPods. The HomePod will soon support…