Not only are podcasts a great way to stay connected to the development community, they’re also a way to stay productive in your downtime. Whether you’re driving to work, working out, or just trying to relax, listening to a good podcast can help stimulate your mind.
These podcasts cover a wide range of topics relating to iOS development, including: general news, developer interviews, software methodologies, all the way down to lower-level topics like memory management.
A podcast about indie software development for the Mac, iOS and other Apple technologies.
Description: Core Intuition focuses on higher-level development topics and has a lot of great insights for developers. If you’re just getting in to the cast, I recommend starting with the most recent episodes.
A brief Podcast for Cocoa Developers, discussing interesting developer-y topics.
Description: NSBrief has a ton of fantastic interviews with people in the development community. To get a good sense of what the show is about, here are some great episodes that Saul recommends for new listeners:
- #34 Brent Simmons
- #33 Chris Adamson
- #90 Wil Shipley
- #47 Drew MacCormack
- #98 Jim Dovey
- #113 Uli Kusterer
Accidental Tech Podcast
A tech podcast we accidentally created while trying to do a car show.
Description: Accidental Tech Podcast also focuses on higher-level topics like the complexity of software, discussion of the latest news, and usability.
This is one of the most entertaining podcasts I’ve ever heard. The chemistry between the hosts is really fantastic!
I would recommend starting with episode #56: The Woodpecker.
- Marco Arment (blog, twitter, github)
- Casey Liss (blog, twitter, github)
- John Siracusa (blog, twitter)
A podcast discussing news of note in iOS Development, Apple and the like.
Description: Developing Perspective is an iOS-focused podcast with each episode lasting less than 15 minutes. In addition to the latest Apple news, David Smith also shares his experiences with the entire iOS development process, including everything from writing code to the App Store.
Here are two great episodes David recommends for new listeners:
A weekly panel discussion about the ins and outs of programming for iOS.
Description: iPhreaks is a weekly podcast that covers a huge range of topics.
If you’re just getting started, I’d recommend taking a look at the episode guide. If there’s an aspect of iOS development you’d like to learn more about, there’s most likely a cast for it!
Hosts: The panel of hosts changes every week. Here’s a list of the hosts with the most episodes:
- Charles Max Wood (blog, twitter, github)
- Ben Scheirman (blog, twitter, NSScreencast, github)
- Pete Hodgson (blog, twitter, github)
- Jaim Zuber (twitter)
- Rod Schmidt (twitter)
- Andrew Madsen (blog, twitter)
A podcast about diving into iOS development.
Description: Springboard is a great podcast that interviews iOS developers from all different backgrounds and experiences. Although it’s geared more towards new iOS developers, I’ve found the insights to be valuable for all experience levels.
If you’re just getting started with Springboard I recommend checking out Episode #4: Aaron Vegh.
A Podcast by iOS Developers for iOS Developers.
Description: iOhYes covers Apple news and interesting iOS topics. They release episodes less frequently than some of the others, but they’re all very thought-provoking and interesting.
Episode #20: Asterisks is my favorite episode (although I disagree that Android is better than iPhone!). I’m a big fan of Paul Stamatiou’s blog, so having him as a guest to iOhYes was really interesting.
Behind every indie app is an interesting story.
Description: In this cast, independent developers discuss the stories behind their apps. The cast is fairly new and only features a few episodes, but all of the episodes are packed with high quality content from really interesting people.
Episode #3: Numerical with Andrew J. Clark is a great first episode for newcomers. Andrew talks about his calculator app, Numerical, and shares some knowledge about standing out in the app store, his marketing strategy, the freemium model, and more.
- Vic Hudson (twitter)
All good things must come to an end. Here are some great iOS-related podcasts that have run their course and stopped producing episodes:
Other Great Podcasts
Here are a few podcasts I’ve heard are good but haven’t added to my (already overflowing) daily routine:
- The Talk Show
- Build Phase
- iDeveloper Live
- This Developer’s Life
- The raywenderlich.com Podcast
- Edge Cases
- Mobile App Chat
- Coder Radio
Side Note: Podcast Clients
If you listen to podcasts on your iPhone, I recommend checking out the new gesture-based podcast client for iOS called Castro.
Update 3/26/14: I’ve since switched to Pocket Casts by Shifty Jelly for the extra features and beautiful interface!
Update 3/28/14: Added the App Story podcast, a great new cast covering the stories behind independent app developers.