Under the Radar

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From development and design to marketing and support, Under the Radar is all about independent app development. It's never longer than 30 minutes. Hosted by David Smith and Marco Arment.

Episode Date
Under the Radar 137: iOS 12 and App Review Changes
1778
How we're affected by the iOS 12 changes and revised App Store review guidelines.
Jun 21, 2018
Under the Radar 136: Freshly Cleared Decks
1770
The first things we do after WWDC every year, and why this year might be different.
Jun 14, 2018
Under the Radar 135: On the Street at WWDC 2018
1720
Live interviews at Social Policy in San Jose, with first impressions from Curtis Hurbert, Joe Cieplinski, and Kaya Thomas.
Jun 05, 2018
Under the Radar 134: WWDC Tips
1786
Packing, preparation, and logistical tips for a happy, healthy, and productive WWDC.
May 30, 2018
Under the Radar 133: Collective Bargaining
1779
The challenge of trying to form a union or other collective action group for developers.
May 25, 2018
Under the Radar 132: Accessibility
1686
Considering accessibility as part of usability, and testing with the most common iOS accessibility APIs.
May 16, 2018
Under the Radar 131: Dot-App and Microsoft's 95%
1789
Whether you need one of the new .app domains, and the ramifications of Microsoft's lower app-store commissions.
May 10, 2018
Under the Radar 130: Lightning Round V
1739
Lessons from Android's success, hot new things from past WWDCs that didn't pan out, and trying to improve or avoid social problems with our apps.
May 03, 2018
Under the Radar 129: Lightning Round IV
1793
Planning out our apps before writing any code, deciding which ideas NOT to pursue, a converged "Marzipan" world, and accessibility.
Apr 27, 2018
Under the Radar 128: Lightning Round III: Servers
1745
In our third Q&A episode, we address the many questions we received about running servers.
Apr 19, 2018
Under the Radar 127: Lightning Round II
1788
Our second-ever Q&A episode, including questions on React Native, reusable code vs. duplication, learning beyond Hello World, and the art of packing lightly for travel.
Apr 13, 2018
Under the Radar 126: Retention
1781
The fast drop-off of typical usage over time, and how to improve our customer-retention rates.
Apr 05, 2018
Under the Radar 125: Privacy Policies and GDPR
1774
Minimizing the collection and storage of your users' personal data, and high-level strategies to think about in the dawn of the EU's new GDPR law.
Mar 29, 2018
Under the Radar 124: Sleep++ and Permission Prompts
1783
The development and release of Sleep++ 3.0, and best practices for prompting the user for permission to access iOS-protected data or features.
Mar 23, 2018
Under the Radar 123: WWDC 2018 Preview, Watch Stats
1746
Whether to sign up for a WWDC 2018 ticket and what to do if you don't get one, and the ramifications of David's latest Apple Watch usage stats.
Mar 16, 2018
Under the Radar 122: Ten Years of the iPhone SDK
1673
Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of the first iPhone SDK release, imagining alternate timelines that could have been, and remembering what we were doing ten years ago.
Mar 08, 2018
Under the Radar 121: Fear and Change
1673
Considering the temptation and pitfalls of developing features out of fear of missing an opportunity. Also, how best to communicate changes to customers.
Mar 01, 2018
Under the Radar 120: Productivity by Inefficiency
1756
Adopting inefficient hacks to save developer time, since hardware is so fast that it's often a worthwhile tradeoff.
Feb 23, 2018
Under the Radar 119: Second Locations
1768
Considerations for travel, coffeeshops, offices, vacations, and other secondary work setups.
Feb 15, 2018
Under the Radar 118: Original Research
1765
Tackling complex math, data analysis, or other challenging problems to give your app a competitive advantage.
Feb 09, 2018
Under the Radar 117: The iMac Pro
1769
Desktops vs. laptops, single vs. multiple monitors, and how we're enjoying our iMac Pros so far.
Feb 01, 2018
Under the Radar 116: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 2
1788
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 2, we cover health insurance, retirement planning, professional services, and other common expenses.
Jan 25, 2018
Under the Radar 115: The Going Indie Spreadsheet, Part 1
1780
A two-part crash course in starting an indie business. In part 1, we cover business entities, taxes, and income.
Jan 18, 2018
Under the Radar 114: Platform Wish List for 2018
1779
What we're hoping to see from Apple's APIs and developer platforms in 2018.
Jan 12, 2018
Under the Radar 113: Grading the App Store in 2017
1786
How the App Store's 2017 changes have panned out so far, and our hopes for 2018.
Jan 05, 2018
Under the Radar 112: Ideal vs. Pragmatic
1689
Being pressured by users or reality into features or choices we don't think we should need to do.
Dec 29, 2017
Under the Radar 111: Universal Mac Apps?
1758
Considering the potential benefits and ramifications of the rumored unified app framework between macOS and iOS.
Dec 21, 2017
Under the Radar 110: Workouts++ 2.0 Launch Diary
1769
David keeps a diary of what the day was like while he launched Workouts++ 2.0. It didn't turn out exactly how he'd hoped.
Dec 14, 2017
Under the Radar 109: Search Ads in Practice
1782
Our experiences and best practices we've found for App Store Search Ads after a year of use, and whether to use the new Search Ads Basic.
Dec 08, 2017
Under the Radar 108: Punch-List Mode
1776
Getting from when you think it's 99% complete to being actually releasable.
Nov 30, 2017
Under the Radar 107: Free with Benefits
1784
Possibilities for value when apps don't bring in money directly.
Nov 22, 2017
Under the Radar 106: Long Projects
1789
Getting through long projects while maintaining motivation and perspective.
Nov 16, 2017
Under the Radar 105: iPhone X Reality
1780
Rethinking designs now that we have the iPhone X in-hand.
Nov 09, 2017
Under the Radar 104: Public Beta Testing with Slack
1785
Lessons from Overcast's public beta, and using Slack as a feedback and bug-reporting channel.
Nov 02, 2017
Under the Radar 103: Usability-First Design
1770
Prioritizing usability over design trends — even Apple's.
Oct 26, 2017
Under the Radar 102: Procrastiworking
1781
Procrastinating by working on other productive tasks instead of the big one we really don't want to do.
Oct 19, 2017
Under the Radar 101: Anchoring vs. Simplicity
1789
Real-world results of switching in-app purchases from multiple price tiers to a single option.
Oct 12, 2017
Under the Radar 100: Longevity
1771
(Sent with Balloons) How to view and start projects that have a good chance of making it to episode 100.
Oct 05, 2017
Under the Radar 99: Effecting Change
1756
Trying to get Apple to change something, and knowing what you can and can’t change.
Sep 28, 2017
Under the Radar 98: The Accidental Episode
1720
An "off-the-air" discussion working through the challenges of standalone Apple Watch podcast playback.
Sep 20, 2017
Under the Radar 97: iPhone X and LTE Watches
1742
New design challenges to tackle for the iPhone X, and new potential unlocked by the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE.
Sep 15, 2017
Under the Radar 96: Risky Business
1775
Building apps for popular third-party services, or in opportune but high-risk areas.
Sep 08, 2017
Under the Radar 95: Privacy and Responsibility
1765
The responsibilities we have to ensure that we're protecting and respecting our users' privacy when we embed third-party code in our apps.
Sep 01, 2017
Under the Radar 94: Release Notes
1792
Effectively communicating changes and improvements to our apps via release notes.
Aug 24, 2017
Under the Radar 93: New Screen Sizes
1752
Supporting multiple screen sizes and device types, and strategies to make adoption of new sizes easier.
Aug 18, 2017
Under the Radar 92: Notifications to Increase Engagement
1773
Using notifications to bring users back to your app without being spammy or annoying.
Aug 11, 2017
Under the Radar 91: Removing Features
1770
Deciding to remove a feature, or having that decision made for you.
Aug 03, 2017
Under the Radar 90: Trademarks
1733
What trademarks do, searching for conflicts before you name something, and whether indies should file for their own.
Jul 26, 2017
Under the Radar 89: Computers for the Self-Employed
1798
Which Mac models are usable for software development, and the benefits and drawbacks of using desktops, laptops, or both.
Jul 19, 2017
Under the Radar 88: Working From Home
1788
Options, benefits, and challenges of working at home.
Jul 12, 2017
Under the Radar 87: Old Code Vs. New APIs
1774
Deciding whether to adopt the newest iOS styles and APIs in existing apps that may not have needed them.
Jul 06, 2017
Under the Radar 86: iOS 11 App Store Pages
1781
Adopting the new fields and changes in our apps' product pages in the redesigned iOS 11 App Store.
Jun 29, 2017
Under the Radar 85: iOS 11
1787
What's new in iOS 11 and how it can benefit our apps.
Jun 22, 2017
Under the Radar 84: WWDC Wrap-Up, watchOS 4
1785
How and when to efficiently watch WWDC session videos, and reviewing the new capabilities in watchOS 4.
Jun 15, 2017
Under the Radar 83: Live at CocoaConf
1785
Our initial impressions of WWDC 2017, recorded live at CocoaConf Next Door.
Jun 09, 2017
Under the Radar 82: WWDC Wish List
1789
Developer-related wishes and expectations for WWDC 2017 next week.
Jun 01, 2017
Under the Radar 81: Profiling
1780
Optimizing performance using Instruments, Xcode, and the iOS Simulator — and when not to bother.
May 25, 2017
Under the Radar 80: Debugging
1786
How we debug our apps, and avoiding common bugs in the first place.
May 18, 2017
Under the Radar 79: New Discovery Metrics
1778
The new Sources and Metrics in iTunes Connect that show us more about where our customers come from within the App Store.
May 11, 2017
Under the Radar 78: Difficult Indulgences
1769
Tackling hard problems to improve our skills, or simply as a form of intellectual indulgence.
May 04, 2017
Under the Radar 77: iTunes Connect, Part II
1768
In the second of a two-part series, we discuss app creation in iTunes Connect, including screenshots, keywords, descriptions, and other metadata.
Apr 26, 2017
Under the Radar 76: iTunes Connect, Part I
1761
In the first of a two-part series, we explore the non-app parts of iTunes Connect, including reporting, sales, and analytics.
Apr 20, 2017
Under the Radar 75: Responding to Reviews
1789
Deciding which App Store reviews to respond to, and the types of responses worth giving.
Apr 13, 2017
Under the Radar 74: Taxes & Accounting
1792
Minimizing the mental burden and labor cost of accounting and taxes by optimizing for simplicity.
Apr 06, 2017
Under the Radar 73: WWDC Event Planning
1788
Planning for WWDC attendance (or not), and the value of the other conferences and social events around WWDC 2017.
Mar 29, 2017
Under the Radar 72: Selling Apps
1780
Building apps with acquisition in mind, calculating your app's valuation, and what to expect in a sale.
Mar 22, 2017
Under the Radar 71: Apps as Annuities
1790
Accumulating a portfolio of apps that provide long-term income with minimal maintenance.
Mar 17, 2017
Under the Radar 70: The Hacks We Ship
1795
The difference between good and bad hacks, and some glorious hacks we've shipped in our apps.
Mar 08, 2017
Under the Radar 69: Features You Don't Want
1763
Adding features to your app that you don't want or won't use in order to satisfy requests or reach new markets.
Mar 02, 2017
Under the Radar 68: Overcast 3
1782
Some of the challenges and decisions that led to the newly released Overcast 3.
Feb 22, 2017
Under the Radar 67: Dealing with Old Code
1787
Maintaining, testing, and modernizing old apps.
Feb 16, 2017
Under the Radar 66: State of Swift
1767
Where we are on our gradual conversion to Swift programmers.
Feb 10, 2017
Under the Radar 65: Getting Sherlocked
1699
Preparing for and reacting to Apple implementing your app's core functionality themselves.
Feb 02, 2017
Under the Radar 64: App Store Reviews, Redux
1769
The potential impacts of the new "rate this app" API and our upcoming ability to respond to App Store reviews.
Jan 26, 2017
Under the Radar 63: Missing Skills
1716
Experiences and skills we lack by being indie developers, and whether our career path may ever include them.
Jan 19, 2017
Under the Radar 62: App Store Reviews
1768
The significance of App Store star ratings and reviews, and how to tastefully ask people to review your app.
Jan 12, 2017
Under the Radar 61: Back to Work
1725
How to get back into the zone after the holidays.
Jan 05, 2017
Under the Radar 60: Transferable Skills
1764
Unrelated abilities and techniques that prove surprisingly useful in indie app development.
Dec 29, 2016
Under the Radar 59: Launch Day Diary
1614
David's audio diary recorded throughout the launch day of his newest app, Workouts++.
Dec 22, 2016
Under the Radar 58: Prerelease Testing
1781
How we test our apps before release.
Dec 15, 2016
Under the Radar 57: Secrecy
1755
Deciding how much of your app to keep secret before release, and how to slowly reveal it.
Dec 08, 2016
Under the Radar 56: Surviving the Winter
1798
Strategies for surviving the ups, downs, and increasing challenges of today's App Store and nearby businesses.
Dec 02, 2016
Under the Radar 55: Black Friday Sale
1576
The effectiveness and side effects of sales and price changes.
Nov 25, 2016
Under the Radar 54: Parametric Design
1756
Appearance managers, self-theming views, and rapid design iteration with code and variables.
Nov 17, 2016
Under the Radar 53: Seasonality
1698
Planning for annual events and marketing opportunities, and accommodating variable cycles of productivity.
Nov 11, 2016
Under the Radar 52: Learning, Sometimes Willingly
1790
The challenges of learning new languages, APIs, and tools, how we avoid facing these difficulties, and what drives us to overcome them.
Nov 03, 2016
Under the Radar 51: Speaking at Conferences
1798
Overcoming fears of speaking at conferences, how much work it really takes, and deciding whether it's worthwhile.
Oct 27, 2016
Under the Radar 50: Checking the Weather for the Last Time
1796
Responsibly shutting down a failed app.
Oct 21, 2016
Under the Radar 49: App Store Search Ads
1767
An overview of advertising terms, costs, and metrics, and getting started with App Store Search Ads for indie developers.
Oct 13, 2016
Under the Radar 48: Late Bloomers
1775
Adopting techniques, tools, and APIs long after they've been introduced, with specific examples from Overcast's development.
Oct 06, 2016
Under the Radar 47: Data Persistence
1787
Choosing a database or scheme for local data storage, including Core Data, SQLite, property lists, JSON, user defaults, and NSURLCache.
Sep 29, 2016
Under the Radar 46: Legacy Support
1799
When to require new iOS versions, and the real-world need for test devices.
Sep 23, 2016
Under the Radar 45: Ads ★★☆☆☆
1769
David's app income shifting to ads over time, and Overcast switching to ads.
Sep 15, 2016
Under the Radar 44: Fall Cleaning
1785
Ramifications of pruning very old apps from the App Store and cracking down on title-keyword spam.
Sep 08, 2016
Under the Radar 43: Pending An Apple Release
1793
Preparations in the final week before a major iOS release, and handling Apple requests for promotional artwork.
Sep 01, 2016
Under the Radar 42: Getting Next Year's Customers
1749
Lessons from Vesper's shutdown and strategies to navigate the difficult environment for paid apps today.
Aug 25, 2016
Under the Radar 41: Internationalization
1797
Why and how to localize and internationalize your iOS apps.
Aug 17, 2016
Under the Radar 40: Rethinking Apple Watch Apps
1757
Using lessons and analytics from watchOS 1 and 2 to rethink our Apple Watch apps for watchOS 3, using Overcast's app as a case study.
Aug 11, 2016
Under the Radar 39: Lightning Round 1
1780
Quick takes on eight topics submitted by listeners.
Aug 04, 2016
Under the Radar 38: Psychological Tricks
1762
Techniques often used by games to increase engagement, revenue, and addictiveness, and their potential ethical uses in our apps.
Jul 28, 2016
Under the Radar 37: Code Reuse
1769
Creating and managing shared code, using Git submodules effectively, and whether to open-source your libraries.
Jul 21, 2016
Under the Radar 36: Should You Release Every App?
1747
Pros and cons of releasing your personal utility apps, focusing mostly on Mac apps.
Jul 14, 2016
Under the Radar 35: Ideas
1779
The value of app ideas, evaluating their feasibility, and considering the business you want to be in.
Jul 07, 2016
Under the Radar 34: tvOS 10, macOS 10.12 and Swift 3
1793
Concluding our WWDC 2016 coverage, we discuss what's new (or not?) for indie developers in tvOS, macOS, and Swift.
Jun 30, 2016
Under the Radar 33: iOS 10
1721
Following on from last week's discussion of the newly announced changes to watchOS 3, this week we dive into iOS 10. We discuss what changes are especially relevant and how we think we might adopt them.
Jun 24, 2016
Under the Radar 32: watchOS 3
1728
Live from WWDC 2016, we discuss what's new for developers in watchOS 3.
Jun 17, 2016
Under the Radar 31: Today’s App Store Announcements
1796
The App Store's new subscription options and search ads that were announced today.
Jun 08, 2016
Under the Radar 30: A Brief Visit to Android
1757
David revisits Android development after four years away.
Jun 02, 2016
Under the Radar 29: Numbers and Analytics
1745
Using data, market research, and analytics to improve your apps and better allocate your time.
May 26, 2016
Under the Radar 28: Wear Your Own T-Shirt
1758
Becoming more comfortable with self-promotion in the right contexts.
May 20, 2016
Under the Radar 27: Fast App Review
1743
How iOS development will change if the recent app-review speedup becomes permanent.
May 13, 2016
Under the Radar 26: Wading Slowly Into AppKit
1757
Experimenting with Mac development and considering its future potential.
May 06, 2016
Under the Radar 25: The Calm Before the Storm
1732
What to do (and not do) in the few months before WWDC.
Apr 28, 2016
Under the Radar 24: Should You Register for a WWDC Ticket?
1764
The value of a WWDC ticket — or going to San Francisco without one.
Apr 19, 2016
Under the Radar 23: Launching Activity++
1743
Handling the launch of David's newest app, and lessons to be learned from it.
Apr 14, 2016
Under the Radar 22: Version Control
1700
The immense value of version control for very small teams — even teams of one.
Apr 08, 2016
Under the Radar 21: App Store Rejection
1784
Tips on avoiding rejections by Apple's app-review staff and what to do when your app get rejected.
Apr 01, 2016
Under the Radar 20: Improving the App Store, Part 2
1773
In the second of a two-part series, we discuss some specific ideas on how the App Store could realistically be improved.
Mar 24, 2016
Under the Radar 19: Improving the App Store, Part 1
1738
In the first of a two-part series, we discuss whether the App Store needs improvement for our benefit, or whether it's working well enough for Apple and customers already.
Mar 19, 2016
Under the Radar 18: Choosing a Pricing Model
1764
Considering paid-up-front, freemium, ad-supported, and completely free business models for David's newest app.
Mar 11, 2016
Under the Radar 17: Work-Life Balance
1763
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance for consultants and the self-employed.
Mar 03, 2016
Under the Radar 16: Designing for Misuse
1752
Accommodating unexpectedly heavy usage, basic web security, and avoiding user-generated spam.
Feb 24, 2016
Under the Radar 15: Marketing at Launch
1773
Marketing, promotion, and celebration of successful launches and major updates.
Feb 17, 2016
Under the Radar 14: Linux Servers for App Developers
1793
An introduction to running your own Linux servers.
Feb 12, 2016
Under the Radar 13: External Dependencies
1796
Weighing the costs of external dependencies in the wake of the Parse shutdown announcement.
Feb 05, 2016
Under the Radar 12: Apps With Personality
1783
Apps with personality vs. neutral voices, and whether independent developers should project a corporate image.
Jan 28, 2016
Under the Radar 11: Ad-Funded Apps
1699
Real-world experience with ad-funded apps, and what the iAd shutdown announcement may mean.
Jan 22, 2016
Under the Radar 10: Designed by a Programmer
1751
Getting by without a designer, and programmatic drawing of image assets.
Jan 14, 2016
Under the Radar 9: State of the Apple Watch
1778
Where Apple Watch development stands today, and what could improve it in the future.
Jan 08, 2016
Under the Radar 8: Vacation
1555
Avoiding burnout, minimizing self-imposed stress, and taking vacations.
Dec 24, 2015
Under the Radar 7: Building New Features
1670
How we design, build, and ship new features in our apps.
Dec 18, 2015
Under the Radar 6: How to Become a Programmer
1713
Our origin stories and tips for beginners to get started.
Dec 11, 2015
Under the Radar 5: Managing Feedback
1530
Considering feedback and feature requests from beta testers and customers.
Dec 05, 2015
Under the Radar 4: Unexpected Complexity
1681
Handling unexpected complexities, and deciding whether to tackle complex problems.
Nov 25, 2015
Under the Radar 3: Ergonomics
1686
Ensuring your work setup is as comfortable as possible for long-term use and reducing the risks of developing RSI.
Nov 18, 2015
Under the Radar 2: Time for Swift
1708
Why we haven't adopted Swift yet, when we might, and whether we should expand into additional platforms instead.
Nov 10, 2015
Under the Radar 1: Adapting to the Market
1623
How independent iOS app developers can find ways to thrive in a highly competitive, commoditized App Store.
Nov 04, 2015