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.



#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.


#232: Card of Attrition

August 18, 2019 at 11:00AM • 1 hour 6 minutes

Horace looks back on the dawn of the Apple Card age, considers how its adoption may differ outside of the US and tells us about his new wallet.


#231: Persistence

August 4, 2019 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Horace discusses AAPL earnings, a shift in perception and takes some wonderfully #CriticalQuestions.


#230: Ex Machina: Are We There Yet? author Dan Albert

July 14, 2019 at 6:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Historian and author Dan Albert joins Horace and Judd to discuss Dan's new book, Are We There Yet?, touching on the VW Beetle, non-capitalist Henry Ford and resisting technological determinism.


#229: Sausage and Jony Ive

June 30, 2019 at 10:30AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Horace reflects on Jony Ive's departure.


#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.