MacVoices #23251: MacVoices Live! – More FineWoven, Standby, Interactive Widgets (Part 2)

This MacVoices Live! discussion continues as David GinsburgJim ReaEric BoldenMark FuccioBen RoethigKelly GuimontBrian Flanigan-Arthurs, and Brittany Smith examine the disappointment with Apple’s FineWoven iPhone cases and explore alternative options in the market. We touch on standby mode, interactive widgets in iOS 17, and the features of the new iPhone, then wrap up with the benefits of upgrading through the Apple iPhone lease program. (Part 2) 

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Show Notes:


0:00:55 Exploring varying levels of excitement for the iPhone
0:03:13 Concerns about the quality and price of fabric cases
0:05:16 Durability of Fine Woven Cases
0:06:36 The struggle with cheap rubbery cleaning cloths
0:07:16 Apple’s History of New Cases and Technologies
0:09:22 Apple’s Decision to Abandon Leather Cases
0:10:51 Doubts on Choosing Fine Woven Phone
0:11:06 Standby Mode: Initial Impressions and Customization
0:13:02 iOS 17 Features: Interactive Widgets
0:15:16 Buttons Placement and Layout Changes
0:16:48 Positive and Negative Reactions to Button Placement
0:18:50 Offline Maps and Frustrations with Phone Name Dropping
0:22:25 Excitement over Night Sisters in Star Wars
0:24:13 Lack of excitement for Google phones compared to iPhones


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Eric Bolden is into macOS, plants, sci-fi, food, and is a rural internet supporter. You can connect with him on Twitterby email at [email protected], on Mastodon at @[email protected], and on his blog, Trending At Work.

Brian Flanigan-Arthurs is an educator with a passion for providing results-driven, innovative learning strategies for all students, but particularly those who are at-risk. He is also a tech enthusiast who has a particular affinity for Apple since he first used the Apple IIGS as a student. You can contact Brian on twitter as @brian8944. He also recently opened a Mastodon account at @[email protected].

Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as a marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990’s selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through Twitter, LinkedIn, or on Mastodon.

David Ginsburg is the host of the weekly podcast In Touch With iOS where he discusses all things iOS, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Apple Watch, and related technologies. He is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Visit his YouTube channel at and find and follow him on Twitter @daveg65 and on Mastodon at @[email protected]

Kelly Guimont is a podcaster and friend of the Rebel Alliance. You can also hear her on The Aftershow with Mike Rose, and she still has more to say which she saves for Twitter and Mastodon

Jim Rea built his own computer from scratch in 1975, started programming in 1977, and has been an independent Mac developer continuously since 1984. He is the founder of ProVUE Development, and the author of Panorama X, ProVUE’s ultra fast RAM based database software for the macOS platform. He’s been a speaker at MacTech, MacWorld Expo and other industry conferences. Follow Jim at and via @[email protected] on Mastodon.

Ben Roethig has been in the Apple Ecosystem since the System 7 Days. He is the a former Associate Editor with Geek Beat, Co-Founder of The Tech Hangout and Deconstruct and currently shares his thoughts on RoethigTech. Contact him on  Twitter and Mastodon.

Brittany Smith is a trained cognitive neuroscientist who provides ADD/ADHD, technology, and productivity coaching through her business, Devise and Conquer, along with companion video courses for folks with ADHD. She’s also the cofounder of The ADHD Guild, a community for nerdy folks with ADHD. She, herself, is a self-designated “well-rounded geek”. She can be found on Twitter as @addliberator, on Mastodon as @[email protected], and on YouTube with tech tips.


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