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.



#242: Several Virtues

February 23, 2020 at 5:00PM • 60 minutes

Horace on brand messaging in a time of crisis, his affection for HomePod (despite not responding to music emotionally) and the selling of hormones.


#241: Ex Machina: The Tin Can

February 16, 2020 at 4:00PM • 56 minutes

Horace and Judd pay homage to one of the most powerful enabling technologies of the early 20th Century: The Tin Can.


#240: Health Kick

February 9, 2020 at 8:30PM • 1 hour 16 minutes

Horace considers what body parts Apple needs to colonize next to achieve its goals in Health. Also, the coronavirus.


#239: Q42019

January 29, 2020 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

In an almost live episode, Horace anticipates what we'll learn In the minutes leading up to Apple reporting its results for Q42019, then shares his initial reaction after the numbers are released.


#238: You Can't Close Your Ears

December 15, 2019 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Horace muses upon Air Pods Pro, Aramco and HomeKit.


#237: Herbie Rides Again

November 17, 2019 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 1 minute

Horace breaks down AAPL earnings and explores real estate villainy.


#236: Kinking the Demand Curve

October 27, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 4 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on the iPhone 11 Pro, takes #CriticalQuestions and considers how popular Judd would be in a Finnish high school.


#235: Soft Power

October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Horace finally shares his thoughts on Ghostbusters and the uncanny valley, as well as Apple's place in China.


#234: Subscription Culture

September 29, 2019 at 3:00PM • 57 minutes

Horace reflects on his umbrage, and more!


#233: Triumph of the Walled Garden

September 14, 2019 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 17 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on Apple's fall show, takes some #CriticalQuestions and drops a pun, all without doing any damage to Judd's car.