The talk of the Apple community

Chuck JoinerDave GinsburgBen RoethigJeff GametWeb BixbyEric BoldenJim Rea, and Mark Fuccio discuss the potential collaboration between Sam Altman and Jony Ive for an AI-powered personal device, possibly backed by Lauren Powell Jobs, assessing the impact of Ive's design expertise. The conversation then turns to the Voice Dream Reader subscription model controversy, sparking a debate on ethical business practices and user loyalty, especially within vulnerable communities like the visually impaired. 

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Show Notes:


01:53 Meet the MacVoices Crew
05:28 Speculations on Sam Altman and Johnny Ive's Collaboration
06:45 Past Ventures of Johnny Ive and Speculations on the AI Device
09:35 Comparing AI Features in Devices
11:05 Hummingbird Stories and Mark Fuccio's Arrival
14:08 Controversy Surrounding VoiceDream Reader Subscription
17:50 Impact on the Vision-Impaired Community
21:38 Support MacVoices and Closing Statements


Jony Ive, Open AI CEO Sam Altman form company to design an AI-powered personal device

Another app subscription model switcheroo has users up in arms, and this time they probably have a reason to be annoyed


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, on Mastodon at, and on his blog, Trending At Work.

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., 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

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 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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