MacVoices #23254: MacVoices Live! – Apple Watch, Beta Features, and Spotify At It Again (1)

A new MacVoices Live! panel kicks off with discussions of the now-unsupported original Apple Watch, new Apple gear, beta versions of Apple software, AirPods issues, charger problems with the NFC chip on the iPhone 15, and Spotify’s claims of unfair treatment by Google and Apple. Hear what Chuck JoinerDavid GinsburgBrian Flanigan-ArthursJim ReaEric BoldenWeb BixbyMark Fuccio, and Ben Roethig have to say. (Part 1) 

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Show Notes:


0:04:25 Mark Fuccio: An Intriguing Background
0:06:05 The Value and Worth of the $17,000 Apple Watch
0:06:47 New Gear and Updates
0:08:20 Battery Issues and WatchOS Accessibility Feature
0:16:55 Exploring the Double Tap Feature
0:18:18 Difficulty finding the right word
0:18:42 Reliable performance in workflow
0:20:50 Podcasts on the Watch Use Case
0:22:10 Issue with AirPods Pro 2 and Conversational Awareness
0:25:40 Qi Charger Compatibility Issues and Airflow Restrictions
0:27:23 Common Vendor for Charging Coils in Tesla and Other Vehicles?
0:27:32 Charging Platform Issues with Audi, Tesla, and BMW
0:29:01 Spotify CEO complains about being disadvantaged by Apple and Google
0:32:28 Spotify’s complaint seen as short-term political flare-up


Original Apple Watch is Now Obsolete, Including $17,000 Gold Model

Your expensive BMW might break your expensive iPhone 15

Spotify ‘unfairly held back’ by Google and Apple, CEO says


Web Bixby has been in the insurance business for 40 years and has been an Apple user for longer than that.You can catch up with him on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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]

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.


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