MacVoices #24153: MVL – WWDC Keynote Reaction and Analysis

The MacVoices Panel provided their thoughts, opinions, and favorite features on Apple’s WWDC keynote announcements in a full-length session that saw panel members coming and going due to schedule commitments. From why we loved the opening skit to the positive reaction as indicated by the Apple stock price, operating system updates to the much anticipated AI (Apple Intelligence) announcements, the panel gave high marks to what some analysts felt would be the most important WWDC keynote in years (or ever). Panelists included Chuck Joiner, David GinsburgJim ReaMarty JenciusBen RoethigJeff GametWeb BixbyMark Fuccio, Brittany SmithEric Bolden


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Show Notes:


01:14 Diving into the WWDC keynote
01:37 Jim Ray’s experiences at WWDC
02:50 Social interactions at WWDC
05:29 Dinner conversations and socializing at WWDC
06:03 Panel members’ experiences post-WWDC
0 8:17 Jeff Gamet’s early departure plans
10:28 Discussing favorite WWDC announcements
12:49 Customizing iPhone and Mac features
14:41 Enhancing photos with spatial photography
15:59 Controlling iPhone from Mac
18:02 Exciting features for Apple Watch
19:24 Exciting customization options in iOS 18
21:14 Recognition of pro hardware makers by Vision Pro
22:51 Britt’s commitment to leave
23:36 Evaluating Apple Mail announcements
26:00 Search for the ultimate mail client
26:15 Pinning mail for quick access
30:30 Apple TV Plus show lineup
38:14 Protecting online privacy with ExpressVPN
41:47 Introduction to the Apple intelligence system
45:39 Accessibility and usability of Apple’s AI features
47:43 Catching Up
47:47 Speculations on Upgrades
48:00 iOS User Interface Changes
49:10 Apple Intelligence Expectations
50:11 Layers of Apple Intelligence Onion
51:08 ChatGPT Integration
51:44 Apple Intelligence Layers Discussion
51:53 Adding Functionality to System
52:21 Processing Capabilities
52:36 Large Language Models
53:31 Domain-Specific Knowledge
53:51 Tapbacks and Message Enhancements
54:27 Genmojis Thoughts
54:46 Compelling Genmojis
55:03 Handwriting Enhancements Excitement
58:35 Keyboard Visibility Improvements
59:58 Vision OS Discussion
1:00:53 Vision Pro Excitement
1:01:30 Confidence in Apple’s Intelligence
1:02:06 Sharing Vision Pro
1:06:51 Spatial Photos Impressions
1:08:44 Improving Handwriting
1:13:35 Scheduling Messages Feature
1:14:21 Nod and Shake Controls
1:20:34 Voice Isolation Feature
1:22:34 Shopping List and Apple Credit Card Tip
1:25:50 Concerns about AI
1:32:26 Background Shenanigans
1:33:22 MacVoices Schedule and Chat Room Appreciation


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], on his blog, Trending At Work, and as co-host on The Vision ProFiles podcast.

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].

Dr. Marty Jencius has been an Associate Professor of Counseling at Kent State University since 2000. He has over 120 publications in books, chapters, journal articles, and others, along with 200 podcasts related to counseling, counselor education, and faculty life. His technology interest led him to develop the counseling profession ‘firsts,’ including listservs, a web-based peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of Technology in Counseling, teaching and conferencing in virtual worlds as the founder of Counselor Education in Second Life, and podcast founder/producer of and Currently, he produces a podcast about counseling and life questions, the Circular Firing Squad, and digital video interviews with legacies capturing the history of the counseling field. This is also co-host of The Vision ProFiles podcast. Generally, Marty is chasing the newest tech trends, which explains his interest in A.I. for teaching, research, and productivity. Marty is an active presenter and past president of the NorthEast Ohio Apple Corp (NEOAC).

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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