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Federico Viticci

Editor-in-chief

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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 two other podcasts on Relay FM – Connected and Remaster.

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App Debuts

APP DEBUTS

Noteworthy new app releases and updates, handpicked by the MacStories team.

Denim

Denim has long been my favorite utility to create great-looking custom covers for playlists on Apple Music, and the much-anticipated 3.0 update is a fantastic next step for the app. Denim has been completely redesigned, and it now features an all-new playlist cover editor UI with many more options than before. For instance, the app can now recognize artists featured in a playlist and suggest photos of those artists as covers; it also comes with new types of emoji covers and new styles for other categories. There’s the ability to customize text, colors, and other elements of a cover. Plus, all of these covers now sync with iCloud across devices, and – my favorite touch in this update – the first time you create a cover and leave Denim to apply it, the app uses the relatively unknown Picture in Picture API to show you instructions while you’re trying to modify a playlist cover in Apple Music. If you have several playlists in the Music app and want to make sure they look their best, I can’t recommend Denim enough.

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Interesting Links

Using Drag and Drop with the Action Button to Get Deep Links from the Mail App

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Shortcuts Essentials

Using Drag and Drop with the Action Button to Get Deep Links from the Mail App

I’m in process of taking notes and doing research for my annual iOS and iPadOS review, and, like every year, this means I’m reassessing the state of all native Apple apps on my devices. One of these apps is Mail, which, unfortunately, won’t be receiving AI-powered enhancements for smart message categorization as soon as iOS 18 launches in the fall.

Regardless, I thought it’d be useful to get myself reacquainted with Mail in the meantime, but within a couple of days I ran into the same old problem: the app’s lack of share sheet integration to save messages elsewhere like, say, in my task manager. That’s when I had an idea that I should have thought of months ago, and which does not require iOS 18 at all. Let me explain.

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The Winners and Losers of iOS and iPadOS 18

THE EXTENSION

Exploring topics beyond our day-to-day coverage.

The Winners and Losers of iOS and iPadOS 18

WWDC week is always a busy one at MacStories and this year, thanks to our extended team, we’ve been able to provide overviews for all the operating system updates announced by Apple. That has given me the ability to start testing both iOS and iPadOS 18 (which I will review later this year) right away by putting them on my primary iPhone and iPad Pro, respectively.

As a result, I’ve been able to formulate some initial thoughts on what I consider the winners and losers of both updates – the features that I think will be received well, and the ones that have been pretty disappointing for me so far.

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