More Than Just Code podcast - iOS and Swift development, news and advice

a round table discussion about iOS development, macOS and Swift.

About the show

MTJC podcast is a show about mobile development. Each week Jaime Lopez, Mark Rubin (sometimes Greg Heo and Tammy Coron) and myself, Tim Mitra, will convene from across the continent to discuss iOS and Mac development. We discuss current issues to find out what developers are talking about, what their apps are about, what they are using to create their apps and what advice they have for other developers (or those looking to become one). We also have news, notes and tech tips for developers.

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  • Episode 336: A Lot of Nits to Pick

    September 19th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins
    a lot of nits to pick, a13, a15, alvy ray smith, apple cinema display 20, centerstage, ceramic shield, cinematic mode, cloudkit, digital light, ed catmull, ekg, epic, firewire 400, fitness +, forced entry, godel escher bach, google, hdr, iap, ios 15 rc, ipad, ipad mini, iphone 13 mini, john lassater, john wilker, meditaion, motorola, night mode, nomad sculpt, pa semiconductor, peanuts, pegasus, pilates, pixar, pok pok, presbyopia, promotion, series 7, smurf berries, snoopy, super retina xdr, ted lasso, thunderbolt, titanium, xcode, xerox parc

    We fact check on our start at 360iDev and follow up on Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, and tech giants planning to make their own chips. Apple releases iOS 14.6 and macOS 11.6 to prevent the Pegasus spyware gateway. We discuss Alvy Ray Smith the genius who helped make Pixar possible. We review Apple's Califironia Streaming iPhone event and new items announced. Picks: Apple CloudKit samples, Xcodes: The best command-line tool to install and switch between multiple versions of Xcode, Draw Yourself as a Peanuts Character in Pages with a Snoopy Artist, Nomad Sculpt.

  • Episode 335: Ryan McLeod

    September 5th, 2021  |  52 mins 29 secs
    ada, alice in wonderland, amsterdam, apple design award, blackbox, burrito, cal poly, canadian shield, eagle’s nest, endless runner, headphone jack, john bolardo, lapel pin, magnetometer, mashable, michael polland, new brunswick, objective-c, open source, san diego, san luis opispo, stanford, swift, three body problem, tip jar

    Ryan McLeod stops by to discuss his ADA winning app Blackbox — the official puzzle of the More Than Just Code podcast.

  • Episode 334: James Thomson

    August 21st, 2021  |  47 mins 54 secs
    3d graphics, 42, apple, arkit, arthur dent, bbedit, carbon, catalyst, codewarrior, dice, dock, douglas adams, drag thing, ebay, fetch, flint center, floppy, frontier, hitchhiker’s guide, imac, incomparable, infomac, jason snell, jeff minter, kagi, lego galaxy explorer, lidar, mac mac dev, mac os x, mike hurley, objective-c, pcalc, rising tide, steve jobs, swift, swiftui, system 6, terry prachett, think pascal, tidbits, total party kill, wwdc

    James Thomson joins us to talk about developing apps for Apple platforms. James is the creator of PCalc - the official calculator app of MTJC, Drag Thing and his latest app Dice by PCalc. James has been successfully writing apps longer than the iMac has been a thing, worked for Apple, had Douglas Adams beta test his apps, and has been a successful indie developer since the early 90's.

  • Episode 333: John Wilker

    August 15th, 2021  |  52 mins 57 secs
    atp, blue mountain, castle, christina hendricks, cne, cocoaheads, conan o’brian, denver, discovery, disney world, firefly, greg heo, jean macdonald, joe ceiplinski, karaoke, krispy kreme, littleton, malcolm reynolds, marcel proust, meetup, nanowrimo, november novel writing month, paul hudson, picard, ray wenderlich, release notes, rwdevcon, serenity, space rogues, spockcast, stump 360, tammy coron, terry brooks, the rookie, tom ortega, wwdc

    John Wilker joins Tim to talk about writing sci-fi books and running 360iDev an Apple development conference - this year online and in person in Denver, Colorado. More Than Just Code has John Wilker to blame for putting Jaime and Tim in the same room, eventually with Mark and sometimes Greg and Tammy.

  • Episode 332: Melissa & Ryan Cash

    August 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 19 mins
    adam baker, ajay, alto’s adventure, apple arcade, becoming steve jobs, brandon walkin, brian crawford, builtbysnowman, checkmark, circles, daylight, ester huybreghts, filipe, harry nesbitt, iphone, jordan, kid pix, llama, macworld, marketcircle, mastermind toys, mathijs demaeght, matt miller, melissa cash, playroom, pok pok, ryan cash, sarah blakely, shifts, simon, ski safari, snowman, soundtrack, spanx, stanford commencement, the game band, tiny wings, todd baker, toren borrowdale, turtle jacks, unity, zen mode

    This week Tim chats with Melissa and Ryan Cash about Pok Pok and Snowman and their Apple Design Award winning apps, Pok Pok Playroom, Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey. We discuss the origins of apps built by Snowman and the genesis of Pok Pok. As a bonus Ryan shares how to prepare an app for Apple Arcade.


  • Episode 331: On To Bigger Problems

    July 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 9 mins
    accessibility, air tags, app store optimization, apple arcade, apple store, arc, async await, at&t, bon mot, bondi blue, chemical brothers, cliff notes, completion handler, coreaudiod, ctv news, dark mode, delta variant, digital lounges, docc, don melton, github companion, heat dome, imac m1, iphone, iphone 12, iphone 3g, iphone 4s, khtml, konqueror, large titles, leo laporte, lockdown, look again, lost in space, macbreak, marques brown, mkbhd, monterey, office x, pcalc, powerpc, rene richie, rogers, safari, san francisco, scales & modes, steve jobs, swift package index, swift playgrounds, use your loaf, vaccinated, vancouver, visual codes, webkit, what’s new in swift, widget, will & kate, withcheckcontinuation, wwdc, wwdc viewing guide

    We fact check MKBHD, Air Tags, Visual Codes app, and Lavell Crawford. The iPhone shipped 14 years ago and WebKit was released 20 years ago. 100M iPhone 12 were purchased. Wrapping completion handlers into async API. GitHub Copilot · Your AI pair programmer. What's new in SwiftUI. Using SwiftUI’s AsyncImage to render remote images from URLs. What's New in iOS 15 for App Store Optimization. Picks: WWDC21Lounges, WWDC 2021 Viewing Guide, Swift Package Index.

    Yes, the episode was renamed.

  • Episode 330: WWDC 2021 - It's like ARC for Threading

    June 11th, 2021  |  2 hrs 18 mins
    @viewbuilder, accessibility, accessibilityrepresentation, actors, airplay on mac, apfs, app library, apple card, apple records, apple script, arkit, astra zenica, async/await, attributed strings, august lock, automator, avkit, beatles, beats powerbeats3, best in class, better call saul, boarding pass, buddy build, buttons, cannery row, circle ci, compileswift, continuous integration, cowbell, craig federigi, dave verwer, demystifying swiftui, dev tools lounge, developer documentation, digital id, digital lounges, disney park passes, dispatch queues, docc, empowerapps, facetime, focus, formatters, foundation, gcd, gitlab, grammar agreement, hand pose, healthkit, home kit, home pod mini, hotel keys, huell babineaux, imac m1, instagram, ios 15, ios dev directory, ipados 15, it’s like arc for threading, jazzy, john steinbeck, jordan morgen, json selector, lidar, live text, mac os 8, macintosh system software, maps, mare of easton, matter, mkbhd, monterey, multitasking, nest doorbell camera, notifications, obj, object capture, ocr, platform state of the union, play-doh touch, privacy, private relay, qr code, quick note, quicktime vr, rakuten, rotor, safari, sal saghoian, sfsymbols, shareplay, shazamkit, shortcuts, sign in with apple, siri intercom, sortdescriptors, sosumi, sound classifier, source docs, spacial audio, square reader, string(localized: ), studio gibley, swift concurrency, swift package manager, swift playgrounds, table, tablecolumn, testflight for the mac, tsa, u1, universal control, usdz, visual debugger for metal, wallet, watch party, weather app, widgets, wwdc, wwdc keynote, wwdc rumors, xcode cloud

    We are joined by Evan K Stone and Leo Dion as we talk about the WWDC Keynote and the Platform State of the Union sessions. We fact check on Astra Zenica shots, and follow up on Sosumi, Apple product reviews, struggles with Apple Card, noisy audio while running Xcode, and people annoyed that they sold their M1's ahead of WWDC. Picks: Leo Dion's Orchard Nest site, PlayDoh Touch Shapes Studio, JSON Selector Generator, Jordan Morgan’s Best In Class iOS App Book, Why There are Now So Many Shortages (It's Not COVID).

  • Episode 329: Best of MTJC: WWDC 2020 Goes to Eleven!

    June 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 52 mins
    148, 23 million, @state, a12x, airpods pro, alexsis, app clips, app library, apple park, apple silicon, aquafit, arm, arther c lark, avimov’s foundation, avkit, bartender 3, big sur, bixby creek bridge, bmw 5 series, canada, centripetal force, collectionviews, composable collectionview, congestion zones, contact tracing, covid-sheild, cycling routes, dancing, deququeconfiguredreusablecell, diffable data source, documentgroup, fitness, glances, green zones, grids, have i been p’owned, health & safety, homekit, interstate, ios 14, ipados, ireland, james dempsey and the breakpoints, justin trudeau, kayak, keynote, kicstart, kubaku, list, lycra, mac catalyst, mac os x public beta, macworld, mapview, memoji, micheal morecock, multiplatform template, myth adventures, newton, nike run club, on device, ottawa, picture in picture, port key, poul anderson, relativity, release notes happy hour, robert a heinlien, robert asprin, robot’s of dawn, santa cruz, sceneview, scribble, serenity caldwell, settings, seybold, shopify, sidebar, sign in with apple, siri, smart stack, spacial audio, spinal tap, spriteview, state highway, super power charging, swiftui, tesla, translation, u1 chip, uicollectionviewlist, uk, visual editing, voices that matter, watch party, watchos, web authn, what’s new in swiftui, widgets, windowgroup api, wwdc 2020, wwdc20 goes to 11, xcode 12

    A re-run of our WWDC 2020 show. We follow up on iPad Pro shooting location, James Bond and centrifugal force, and macOS BS? A team of Shopify volunteers release Canada's COVID case-tracking app. ARM-based Japanese supercomputer is now the fastest in the world. We recap the WWDC 2020 Keynote, Platform State of the Union and a few WWDC sessions. Picks: Up Here in Canada, What’s new in SwiftUI for iOS 14, Apple documentation for SwiftUI with SpriteKit, SceneKit, AVKit and MapKit.

  • Episode 328: Best of MTJC: WWDC 2019 LIVE from the Podcast Studio

    May 30th, 2021  |  48 mins 35 secs
    @binding, altconf, arkit 3, callbacks, carthage, classkit, closures, coacopods, collectionview, combine, declarative, diffable, domain specific language, flutter, force touch, homeviewcontroller, interface builder, ipados, ipod touch, john gruber, kvo, llvm, macintosh manual, minecraft, moon boots, nsnotifinaction, objective c, ocr, oslog, pixar, platform unification, reality composer, ricky mondello, schoolbook, sfsymbols, sign in with apple, smalltalk, swift evolution, swift package manager, swift playground, swiftui, testflight feedback, toplogy eyewear, transporter, tryswift, ulysses, voice dream language, watch, winston chen

    A re-roll of our WWDC 2019 episode - We are joined by Alexis Gallagher and Ricky de Laveaga in the Podcast Studio at WWDC 2019 McEnery Convention Center. Recorded at 11 am Friday June 7, 2019. We fact check on Bobby Orr and the approximate number of active iOS developers. #askMTJC has Namrata Bandekar responding to joining start ups, as well the pronunciation of Dave Verwer IRL. We discuss our impressions of WWDC 2019 — SwiftUI, declarative programing, Combine framework, ARKit 3, Reality Composer, Swift Playgrounds 3, Swift Package Manager, stand alone Watch apps, iPadOS, TestFlight Feedback, Transporter, and Sign In With Apple. Picks: Performance, Pencil Support, Optimizing File Storage, DataFlow for SwiftUI, Combine in Practice, Sign In With Apple, Voice Dream Scanner, ClassKit, What's New In Swift, try! Swift, AltConf.

  • Episode 327: Best of MTJC: WWDC 2018 Reflections

    May 27th, 2021  |  2 hrs 13 mins
    32-bit, airplane mode, alka seltzer tang and a 50, app store, arkit 2, arkit by tutorials, atmos, autofill, ayaka nonaka, chris wanstrath, core ml, create ml, dark mode, dave delong, dave wilkis, designing fluid interfaces, dog food, evan dekheyser, gestures, github, go outside and play, hyperwall, james dempsey & the breakpoints, kim mitchel, like, linus torvalds, live listening, marzipan, matt thompson, mayan calendar, metal, microsoft, modeling man, nextel, no man’s sky, opencl, opengl, paul thourot, pcalc, performance, procedural, san jose, satya nadella, scene kit, scholarship, set app, setapp, share, shoppers drug mart, sprite kit, steven troughton smith, stocks, strata 3d, tang, the talk show, timing, totp, touch id, true depth, tweet, victoria heric, what the tech, wwdc

    A re-roll of our 2nd most popular episode from June 9, 2018. We give our impressions of WWDC 2018 keynote. We discuss Apple's presenting the scholarship winner apps on the App Store. Microsoft's purchase of GitHub. Apple is getting into the ad game to compete with other online players. The rumored iPad with face recognition is coming. We talk about the deprecation of OpenGL and OpenCL. Finally by Rene Richie guides our discussion of the WWDC announcements. Picks: UX Cake w/Jaime Lopez Jr, Machine Learning - Build a Model, App Store Review Guidelines Diff, Stevie the Snail, SpriteKit, PlayDead’s INSIDE

  • Episode 326: The Medium Popcorn Problem

    April 24th, 2021  |  1 hr 31 mins
    14.5, 360idev, 5by5, adobe, air tag, apple card family, apple tv 4k, astrazenica, belkin, catalyst, charles gescke, chip, chromecast, deque, earth day, escape key, find my, gender neutral, greyhound, hermes, homekit, ibm selectric, imac 5k, imac pro, ime, intel, james burke, joe cieplinski, john warnock, kennsington, keyboard, lg, liquid pro xdr, m1, m1 ipad pro, many moons, mini-led, motorola startack, o n, ordered sets, patreon, playstation, podcast subscriptions, postscript, purple, purple rain, roger waters, roku, siri, steely dan, subs, surface, swift collection, thunderbolt display, tile, tom hanks, touch id, turkey, turkish, twit, wishbone ash, wolfwalkers, xbox, xerox park, xkcd, youtube

    We fact check many moons and remember Dr Charles Geschke. We follow up on 5K iMacs, international keyboards and Apple's Oscar nominations. In the news gender neutral Siri voices, LG, Apple Amazon home automation alliance, and Swift Collections. We cover the Apple Spring Forward event; Apple Card Family, podcast subscriptions, AirTags, color iMac M1, and iPad Pro M1. Picks: Air Tag accessories, Kennsington StudioDock iPad Docking Station, Subs.

  • Episode 325: Live With the Pain

    April 3rd, 2021  |  1 hr 26 mins
    1password, @appstorage, apple card, apple one, apple silicon, apple watch, arkit, astrazenica, charles proxy, clubhouse, collectionview list, credit, dhh, face mask,, goldman sacks, hudson, interac, ios 14.5 beta 6, ipad pro, iphone, jenkins, macbook pro 16, many moons, mashable, mwt, open source, oracle, oscars, oura ring, paul hudson, pfizer, protocols, siri, size classes, steven curtis, studeapp, swiftui, ted lasso, tracking, watch party, webex, wwdc21, xcode, xcode-tips

    We're on Clubhouse as MTJC iOS Development and we follow up on our two Clubhouse events. We follow up with 5 iPhone Hacks like unlocking your iPhone with a face mask. The Apple Card doesn’t actually discriminate against women, investigators say. Apple-funded Stanford study concludes Apple Watch can be used to measure frailty. Apple won’t give Siri a female-sounding voice by default anymore. Nobody designs for small iPhone devices anymore. WWDC21 date has been set and we discuss what we'd like to see. Picks: Free for developers, Xcode tips repo, Updated iOS App Dev Tutorials, Protocol Oriented Programming with Swift 5, CustomStringConvertible, SwiftUI by Tutorials 3rd Edition.

  • Episode 324: Core Data with CloudKit in SwiftUI

    February 13th, 2021  |  1 hr 5 mins
    amazon music, apple card, apple cash, cbs all access, cloudkit, core data, dtk, exploit, face mask, github1s, golang, homebrew, homeland, imei, ios 14.4, ios dev happy hour, iphone 12 mini, keyboard avoidance, m1, m1 mini, magsafe for iphone, migration assistant, paul hudson, persistence container, pram, slack, smc, start up modes, super bowl, swiftui, twostraws

    We dig in with iOS 14.4 patching vulnerabilities. M1-Based Macs Have New Startup Modes. Mark gives us his M1Mini first impressions. Apple increases the DTK credit. MagSafe for iPhone is reviewed. Sorry, small-phone lovers: The iPhone 12 mini was Apple’s 2020 sales flop. Core Data with CloudKit in SwiftUI. Apple Card and Apple Cash Trademarks Approved in Canada. MTJC and Spockcast are now on Amazon Music. Unlocking iPhones While Wearing a Face Mask. What’s new in Swift 5.4? How 7 iOS Apps Could Save You 500MB of Storage. The Diminishing Utility of MFMailComposeViewController. Picks: SwiftUI keyboard avoidance, iOS Dev Happy Hour - Feb 20, GitHub - conwnet/github1s: One second to read GitHub code with VS Code.

  • Episode 323: Await Silicon MagSafe

    January 23rd, 2021  |  1 hr 18 mins
    45 rpm, app library, apple silicon, async await, badges, car play, completion handler, concurrency, corelleum, dante’s inferno, gen z, general hospital, hockeyapp, infinite loop, instacart, ios dev happy hour, linux, mac apps, macbook pro, maceffects, macworld, magsafe, malbogue, mchenry, notarize, nscodersto, parking, pico projector, pioneer, reagan, rosetta 2, samsung, santa barbara, santa clara, se/30, spockcast, swift, swiftui jam, test flight, touchbar, uber, ubuntu, unroll thread, wwdc, zvon

    We fact check iPad storage and WWDC security. Follow up tackles App Library, and CarPlay wireless receivers. We discuss publishing Mac apps inside and outside the Mac App Store. Experimenting with Swift async and await pattern using Xcode. Uber’s near disaster jumping onto Swift in the early days (spoilers, without doing due diligence.) MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Pro, and iPhone Rumors, Best of CES 2021. Picks: Linux on M1, Tips and Tricks to Set Up Your Apple M1 for Development, KFC Mascot Col. Sanders Talks Malbolge Programming on General Hospital, SwiftUI Jam, iOS Dev Happy Hour, MacEffects Custom CLEAR Case for Apple Macintosh Mac SE & SE/30.

  • Episode 322: 2020 Hindsight

    January 2nd, 2021  |  1 hr 43 mins
    360 idev online, air pods max, app library, apple car, apple one, apple silicon, apple watch, bang & olufsen, big sur, bluetooth, burrito, ces, chinese flash, covid, dog fooding, duolingo, e3, elon musk, epic, family, festival, game center, gameplaykit, gaming frameworks, gdc, hazel, ios 14.3, ipados, iphone 12 pro, lidar, lyft, m1, main(), metro, ming chi kwo, mkb hd, ocr, paper by 53, platform state of the union, ramones, scribble, sidebar, splitviewcontroller, steven’s creek, stump 360, swiftui, tammy, tammy coron, tesla, tom morello, tracking, uber, usdz, vaccine, watch parties, waterfield designs, widgets, wwdc keynote, xbox controller, zip car

    We follow up on the iPhone X ship date and whether B&O has a less expensive headphone than the Air Pods Max. Developers are already seeing the benefits of the App Store Small Business program. Apple Car could be coming in 2025. The Xbox Series X controller seems to be incompatible with Mac and iOS devices. We take a look back on 2020 and the Apple news; Apple One, Air Pods Max, Epic lawsuit, Apple Silicon, SwiftUI apps, LiDAR, App Library, Widgets, Applets, Sidebar, Scribble, Tracking, Big Sur, WWDC Online, iPhone 12 series, and more. Picks: Apple Watch leak offers rare glimpse inside ‘Ultra security program’, Hazel, SwiftUI Layout Explained, Apple Game Frameworks and Technologies, Apple updated SwiftUI tutorials.

  • Episode 321: Generate Memberwise Initializer

    December 12th, 2020  |  1 hr 15 mins
    airpods max, apple fitness +, apple one, apple tv remote, apple tv+, apple watch se, autocomplete, aws, b&o, beats, cloudkit, co-lo, control center, core data, ec2 mac, edgar rice burroughs, elago, fastlane, felix krause, fixit, for all mankind, frameit, imagemagick, inside macintosh, james dempsey, john carter, m1, mac mini, maple syrup, mdr 7506, paul hudson, ron wayne, rosetta 2, screenit, silicone, sk hynix, snes, spell checking, sudo, swift version, touch id, u1, uitesting, warranty, xcode, xcode 12.3, zero click

    We fact check M1 RAM, and Photoshop on Rosetta2. AskMTJC brings us Story of third Apple founder, Maple spirits, and CloudKit on NSPersistentCloudKitContainer. Use Amazon EC2 Mac Instances to Build & Test macOS, iOS, ipadOS, tvOS, and watchOS Apps. Apple Fitness Plus will launch on December 14th. Family Setup on Apple Watch is coming to Canada. Xcode 12.3 RC available. iPhone zero-click Wi-Fi exploit is one of the most breathtaking hacks ever. Apple announces $549 AirPods Max noise-canceling headphones, coming December 15th. No U1 chip in AirPods Max. More Apple Silicon leaks. Picks: Fastlane for App Screenshots, James Dempsey made Swift Version for quick reference, 9 Xcode Tips by Paul Hudson, Quick Tip: Enable Touch ID for sudo, Elago Classic Mac Apple Watch charging stands. After Show: App development as Lego.