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Podcasts for iOS Developers

I once dabbled a bit in podcasting myself with the Dr. Touch / Cocoanetics podcast, but I decided that I am not going to continue that on my own. I still like to TALK about it, if there’s somebody out there looking for a co-host …

Update: I resurrected the Cocoanetics Podcast! Subscribe to it on iTunes or add the RSS feed to your favorite podcasting app or listen to the shows right on this website.

Whenever I walk the dog, doing chores or “grounding myself” while gardening I like to listen when experts in our industry are discussing latest developments that impact my professional live as iOS developer.

So I asked on Twitter what your favorite related shows are and from the answers I made this list. And YES I checked it twice (several people were asking).

These are your favorite podcasts related to iOS/Mac development and Apple in general.

  • “Pretty much Everything from 5BY5” – 2 Votes
    • Build and Analyze: 4 Votes – “Brilliant”, “It’s great!”, “Personal favorite”
      Listeners agree that host Marco Arment, founder of Instapaper, is a brilliant host and listening to him makes us all feel smarter.
    • The Talkshow: Host John Gruber, Apple fanboy par excellence, discusses all around Apple.
    • Hypercritical: John Siracusa of Ars Technica fame presents the critical view of Apple’s doings.
  • NSBrief: “A brief podcast cast for Cocoa developers, talking about interesting developer-y stuff” – 2 Votes
  • iDeveloper Live – 1 Vote
  • IRQ Conflict: an interesting format: “Apple Developer. Microsoft Developer. FIGHT!” – 1 Vote
  • We Have Communicators – 1 Vote
  • Cocos2D Podcast: Indie Game Developer Steffen Itterheim talks about topics related to learning to use this game engine – 1 Vote

There are two more shows that I myself like with a bit of a broader scope. Strangely I was the only one mentioning these, so it seems that 5BY5 has a way larger mindshare in developers than the well established TWIT network.

  • This Week in Tech: Host Leo Laporte is a seasoned radio pro that manages to gather around tech journalists discussing the broader IT eco system we care about.
  • MacBreak Weekly: The broadest opinion fest possible when it comes to Apple products.
The third major network is Wizzard Media, providing several interesting feeds:
  • Mac OS Ken: Host Ken Ray hosts this daily news show focussing on Mac and Apple news.
  • Today in iOS: A very well made news podcast on the “latest happenings in the iPhone OS world”

Also mentioned where these podcasts, either not updated in a while or hardly relevant:

If you feel that this list is incomplete please drop your suggestions in the comment box.

Categories: Q&A


  1. Core Intuition ( and IRQ Conflict ( are both excellent.

  2. Also agree with “Pretty much Everything from 5BY5″

    I also listen to We Have Communicators (

  3. I rofl’d, seeing that Hamish and Andy suggestion on Twitter.

    Thanks for the list! I have a lot more stuff to add (my podcast list is currently all of 5by5, This is my next)
    Mac Power Users is also now part of the 5by5 network..

    While looking at Bjango’s website (developers of iStat Menus & Consume) I also stumbled upon the Iterate podcast which is more a UX/UI focused one. I have yet to listen to it but Bjango does have some good UI/UX articles so I have high hopes..
    “Iterate Podcast”
    “Marc Edwards, Seth Clifford, and Rene Ritchie focus on mobile design — the user interface, experience, and iconography behind iPhone, iPad, Android, webOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry apps. Loop until done.”

  4. Oh yeah. “Critical Path” of 5by5 as well.. featuring Horace Dediu from Asymco

  5. I am the host for a podcast on iOS development by iOS developers. The podcast is called iOhYes. You can find us on iTunes and via our website at We talk about the latest news and issues affecting iOS developers.

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