John Voorhees

Managing Editor

Twitter: @johnvoorheesEmail: voorhees@macstories.net

John, MacStories’ Managing Editor, has been writing about Apple and apps since joining the team in 2015. He also co-hosts MacStories’ podcasts, including AppStories, which explores of the world of apps, MacStories Unwind, a weekly recap of everything MacStories and more, and MacStories Unplugged, a behind-the-scenes, anything-goes show exclusively for Club MacStories members.

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In-Line Resizing of Widgets on the Mac

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In-Line Resizing of Widgets on the Mac

I don’t use widgets on the Mac much, but when I do click on the time to see a notification, it’s handy to have my calendar, the weather and a couple of other widgets available to glance at. As I was preparing my macOS Monterey review for next week and comparing what Apple has done with widgets on the Mac this year (Spoiler: Not much), I was reminded of a tidbit from my Big Sur review that I wanted to share because I expect that most people don’t know about it.

Unlike iOS or iPadOS, you can resize widgets in-line on the Mac. All you need to do is right-click on a widget and all of the size options offered by the developer are available. Pick one, and the widget animates to the new size. It’s a fantastic way to test out multiple sizes quickly. It’s so handy and simple, I can’t believe the feature hasn’t been added to iOS or iPadOS yet. Instead, to test out multiple sizes on the iPhone or iPad, you have to add each size one by one and then eliminate the ones you don’t want. Apple has come a long way in harmonizing the features across its platforms, but widgets is one area that could use more attention in the upcoming year.

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MusicSmart

Marcos Tanaka updated MusicSmart, his app that provides extensive liner notes about the music you love. With the latest in a series of updates, it is now possible to move from notes about one song to a related one, allowing music lovers to follow the breadcrumbs of related tracks. You can also open any song from the main app in Apple Music, making links to related songs a wonderful way to explore new music. The update includes liner notes for samples, interpolation, and remixes too.

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Favorite Moments from Apple's October Music and MacBook Pro Event

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Favorite Moments from Apple's October Music and MacBook Pro Event

Start Up: A song made from 45 years of Apple sounds. This is easily one of my all-time favorite Apple event intro videos. The video opens with a garage door opening to reveal a makeshift studio crammed full of Apple hardware. A.G. Cook, whose music you can find on Apple Music, sets up a G3 iMac on a table next to a desk, records its startup chime, and proceeds to use hardware throughout Apple’s history to construct an incredible song. The music is fantastic, but the video is the perfect mix of nostalgia for iconic Apple products and creativity combined in a way to show off the capability of the company’s current generation of Macs. The clip set an energetic tone for the entire presentation while quietly explaining the mix of products introduced Monday.

Johny Srouji on the M1 Pro and M1 Max. I love Srouji’s secret lab segments, and this one didn’t disappoint. The intensity and excitement of his presentations about the chips inside your Mac that you’ll never see are infectious. This week, Srouji had a lot to be excited about in a segment that was one flex after another as he explained how the two SoCs perform relative to the original M1.

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On the Cusp of A New Read-It-Later App Era

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On the Cusp of A New Read-It-Later App Era

Instapaper 2.3 from the MacStories archives.

I’ve been using read-it-later apps since they first appeared on the scene and RSS services for even longer. So, when Matter launched its public beta and Readwise published a long post about how it’s building a modern reading app, it got me thinking. What should a reading app look like in 2021?

I started using Instapaper before it was an app. Back then, it was a web app for reading saved articles in a browser. It’s not that Marco Arment picked the web over the iPhone for the app, it’s that there wasn’t an App Store yet.

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Memento

The Reminders client inspired by the design of the Home app has reached version 4.0 and it now comes with a sidebar on iPadOS and macOS, making it easy to navigate between lists in the app. Additionally, Memento supports the new XL widget size on iPadOS 15.

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