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.



#244: That The Children Cannot Do

March 20, 2020 at 12:00AM • 56 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on the just announced but still untouched iPad Pro, WWDC at home, brief thoughts on Covid-19 and mentions something Hana better not hear him say.


#243: Ex Machina: The Intermodal Shipping Container

March 1, 2020 at 6:00AM • 51 minutes

Horace and Judd celebrate one of the best boxes of all time, The Intermodal Shipping Container on this episode of The Critical Path: Ex Machina.


#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.