Federico Viticci

9264 posts on MacStories since April 2009

Federico is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MacStories, where he writes about Apple with a focus on apps, developers, iPad, and iOS productivity. He founded MacStories in April 2009 and has been writing about Apple since. Federico is also the co-host of AppStories, a weekly podcast exploring the world of apps, and Dialog, a show where creativity meets technology.

He can also be found on his three other podcasts on Relay FM – Connected, Adapt, and Remaster.

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Adapt, Episode 5: Desktop-Class Safari and the Magic of OCR

On last week’s episode of our iPad-focused show Adapt:

Safari is growing up this fall in iPadOS 13 to a true desktop-class browser, and Federico and Ryan detail everything that’s new; also, this week’s challenge involves using apps to perform OCR on a 400+ page PDF.

You can listen below (and find the show notes here), and don’t forget to send us questions using #AskAdapt and by tagging our Twitter account.

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Connected, Episode 250: Tonight Will Be in the Future

On this week’s episode of Connected:

Federico reminds everyone that it’s okay to not have strong feelings about Jony Ive leaving Apple, while Stephen feels tempted by iOS 13. Meanwhile, Eddy Cue talks about rumors of Tim Cook meddling with Apple TV+ scripts and Project Catalyst continues to make news.

You can listen below (and find the show notes here).

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Adapt, Episode 4: Making an eBook and Multitasking’s Evolution

Federico gets creative making an eBook with Apple’s Pages app, then the guys go deep into the strengths and challenges of the new multitasking system in iPadOS 13.

In this week’s episode of Adapt, I had a lot of fun playing around with Pages for Ryan’s challenge; we also dig deeper into the multitasking changes of iPadOS. You can listen below (and find the show notes here), and don’t forget to send us questions using #AskAdapt and by tagging our Twitter account.

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The End of the Ive Era

Great piece by John Gruber on Jony Ive leaving Apple and the end of the Ive era at Apple:

I think Tim Cook is a great CEO and Jeff Williams is a great COO. But who’s in charge of product design now? There is no new chief design officer, which, really, is what Steve Jobs always was. From a product standpoint, the post-Jobs era at Apple has been the Jony Ive era, not the Tim Cook era. That’s not a knock on Tim Cook. To his credit, Tim Cook has never pretended to be a product guy, which is exactly the hubris that John Sculley succumbed to back in the early ’90s, leading to the Newton being launched far before it was ready and the Macintosh platform languishing.

My gut sense for years has been that Ive without Jobs has been like McCartney without Lennon. Or Lennon without McCartney — take whichever analogical pairing you prefer. My point here is only that the fruit of their collaborations were, seemingly magically, far greater than the sums of the duos’ talents and tastes.

Assuming Ive’s exit has been planned for a while, it makes little sense to me that Apple’s new design leaders (Hankey and Dye) are reporting to Jeff Williams, the company’s chief operating officer – unless Apple has bigger plans for him in the near future. Then again, Gruber’s point still holds: who’s Apple’s Chief Design Officer now?

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Connected, Episode 249: Federighi Snapped His Fingers

Myke resumes his role as the tvOS guy and Federico’s Memoji have all been killed. Apple’s Public Betas have arrived, as have new rumors of a future small iPhone. Stephen preaches the good news of Carbon.

On this week’s episode of Connected, we discuss Apple’s latest public betas and the future of Catalyst apps. You can listen below (and find the show notes here).

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Connected, Episode 248: There Will Be Consequences

Federico and Stephen are joined by David Sparks to talk about the state of Apple’s current betas, the updated Files and Shortcuts apps and the ever-growing system of rules that form Connected’s drafts.

On this week’s episode of Connected, we had a great conversation with David Sparks about some of the key improvements coming to iOS and iPadOS later this year. You can listen below (and find the show notes here).

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Connected, Episode 247: You Never Want the Egg

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 (and find the show notes here).

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Adapt, Episode 3: iPadOS First Look and Voice-Only Computing

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 discussing the changes in iPadOS. You can listen below (and find the show notes here), and don’t forget to send us questions using #AskAdapt and by tagging our Twitter account.

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Adapt, Episode 3

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover with iPadOS and the new Shortcuts app on Adapt this summer, and it’s going to be a fun ride. Make sure to subscribe to the show using one of the links below so you’ll never miss an episode when it drops.

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Initial Thoughts on iPadOS: A New Path Forward

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 more I see iPadOS as a sign of Apple’s willingness to break free from old assumptions and let the iPad be what it’s best at: a portable computer inspired by the Mac, but based on iOS.

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