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.



#249: A Sane Amount of Cash

August 16, 2020 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

Horace answers even more #CriticalQuestions about Apple's Q2 Earnings call, shares his thoughts on P/E and explains why it's better to not have 750 billion dollars.


#248: Business as Usual

August 2, 2020 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 5 minutes

Horace shares his thoughts on Apple's Q2 earnings call, takes some #CriticalQuestions and mutters, 'Oy Vey.'


#247: Usually, You Say CPUs

July 1, 2020 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Horace looks back on WWDC 2020 and shares his thoughts on Apple Silicon and the road ahead.


#246: Sea Peoples

June 6, 2020 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 3 minutes

Horace on COVID-19, empathy and being manipulated by, among other things, the Harry Potter books.


#245: All Technologies Eventually Disappear

April 4, 2020 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 7 minutes

Horace is joined by the one and only Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) to discuss pattern matching, Joseph Campbell and wisdom.


#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.