MacVoices #23274: “Scary Fast” Discussion – Large vs. Small Screens, M3 Power (Part 3)

We wrap up the MacVoices Live! analysis of Apple’s “Scary Fast” event by looking at a transition to smaller screens and using external displays for increased workspace efficiency. The panel of Chuck Joiner, David GinsburgJim ReaEric BoldenPatrice Brend’amourBen RoethigJeff GametMark Fuccio, and Kelly Guimont. expresses satisfaction with the compactness and power of the 14-inch MacBook Pro and applauds the performance of the FaceTime camera in spite of it only being 1080p. We also talk about Apple’s latest chips vs. Intel’s offerings, and the potential for gaming and developer opportunities. The episode concludes with a fun and timely discussion about panel members’ favorite Halloween candy. (Part 3)

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Show Notes:


0:01:20 Transitioning to a smaller screen: Adaptation and alternatives
0:03:52 The benefits of downsizing: 13-inch vs 15-inch laptops
0:06:01 Weight Comparison: M3 vs Pro and Max
0:07:40 14-inch Height Comparable to 15.6-inch External Display
0:08:10 Impressive 1080p FaceTime camera on the new Macs
0:09:46 Shot on iPhone – Brilliant marketing tactic
0:11:04 Apple’s rapid processor advancements leave older models behind
0:12:59 Intel’s concern as Apple continues to dominate
0:14:48 Gaming enthusiasts anticipate hardware and API advancements
0:15:30 Apple’s focus on gaming and developer relations
0:17:02 Financial benefits of developing for multiple Apple platforms


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.

Patrice Brend’amour is the creator, advocate and Product Manager of a global healthcare software initiative, which is not only pushing the industry to provide user-centered solutions using the latest advances in UX and technology, but also advancing the sharing of medical information between healthcare providers across the world. She is also an avid podcaster, mainly in the technology space, as well as a maintainer and contributor to a number of open source projects. Everything she does can be linked to from The Patrice, You can follow her on Twitter, and engage with her on the podcast, Foodie Flashback.

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.

Jeff Gamet is a technology blogger, podcaster, author, and public speaker. Previously, he was The Mac Observer’s Managing Editor, and the TextExpander Evangelist for Smile. He has presented at Macworld Expo, RSA Conference, several WordCamp events, along with many other conferences. You can find him on several podcasts such as The Mac Show, The Big Show, MacVoices, Mac OS Ken, This Week in iOS, and more. Jeff is easy to find on social media as @jgamet on Twitter and Instagram, jeffgamet on LinkedIn., @[email protected] on Mastodon, and on his YouTube Channel at

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.



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