The Critical Path

The Critical Path

The Critical Path is a talk show contemplating the causality of success and failure in the evolving story of mobile computing and related industries. Using Apple as a lens to look at existing and emerging tech markets, we try to understand what it means to be great.

Hosted by Horace Dediu, Anders Brownworth, and Judd Rubin.



#228: Killer Apps

June 23, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Horace checks in from the Holiday Road, sharing his thoughts on WWDC, iPadOS, Mac Pro and The Army Way.


#227: Ex Machina: Dynamite

June 1, 2019 at 5:00PM • 49 minutes

High Explosives, why there isn’t a Nobel Prize in Mathematics and fan fiction from Horace.


#226: Where Non-Consumption Prevails

May 25, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

For once, Horace doesn’t spoil Game of Thrones. Also, Huawei, Trader Joe’s vs. Netflix, and at least one amazingly great #CriticalQuestion.


#225: P/E Ratio Revisited

May 6, 2019 at 5:00PM • 1 hour 9 minutes

Horace answers some #CriticalQuestions and discusses the latest Apple earnings call from a secret location in the southern hemisphere.


#224: The State of Our Disconsent

April 27, 2019 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 13 minutes

Tim Walters returns to discuss with Horace data privacy and the impact the General Data Protection Regulation has had after being in effect for (almost) one year.


#223: A Market For Trust

April 8, 2019 at 11:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Horace shares more thoughts on Apple Card and Services, and touches on a surprising staple of 1980s Romanian television.


#222: Culmination

March 25, 2019 at 11:00PM • 53 minutes

Horace ponders Apple's Show Time event, while Judd pretends not to notice the damage to his car.


#221: Critical Disbelief

March 17, 2019 at 9:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

With an eye on the March 25th Apple Event, Horace contemplates what may be coming, shares his thoughts on Facebook announcing a pivot to privacy, gives an update on the Micromobility Kickstarter project and says too much about his salad's secret ingredients.


#220: Ex Machina: The Railroad, Part 1

February 25, 2019 at 8:30AM • 47 minutes

The conversation begins with Horace and Judd discussing Wolfgang Schivelbusch's The Railway Journey, then expands to include sea faring, the trouble with boilers and one of Horace's historical fantasies.


#219: Oceans

February 11, 2019 at 12:00AM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Horace handles a few of the curve balls included in the latest AAPL earnings report, answers some #CriticalQuestions and dips a toe into the ocean of possibilities regarding Apple's ventures into Health Care.