The Talk Show With John Gruber

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Episode Date
236: ‘A Vivid Nightmarescape’, With Special Guest Dieter Bohn
02:32:52
Special guest Dieter Bohn joins the show to talk about Google’s new Pixel Slate Chrome OS tablet/laptop, the Pixel 3, Google’s fascinating new Night Sight camera mode, speculation on how Apple might move the Mac to ARM chips, and more.
Dec 01, 2018
235: ‘Jony White’s Universe of Objective Purity’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:33:41
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to talk about iPad Pro — the new Pencil, the new amazing new hardware, keyboard options, and the OS that in many ways still feels meant for a phone. Also: the state of Apple’s MacBook lineup, and a plea to Apple to please — *please* — make the small Magic Keyboard in space gray.
Nov 22, 2018
234: ‘Welcome to Dongletropolis’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
02:53:19
Special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include the new iPad Pro and the state of iOS as a work platform, the mid-term election results, and holiday parties of yore.
Nov 10, 2018
233: ‘North Korean USB Fan’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:43:17
You wanted more Moltz, you get more Moltz. Our thoughts and observations on Apple’s “There’s More in the Making” event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the products they announced: new MacBook Airs, Mac Minis, iPad Pros, and Apple Pencil.
Nov 01, 2018
232: ‘I’ll Eat My Hat’, With Special Guest John Moltz
02:35:18
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show (finally). Topics include the iPhone XR, next week's Apple event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and more.
Oct 28, 2018
231: ‘It’s a Deep Notch’, With Special Guest Dan Frommer
02:27:53
Dan Frommer returns to the show. Topics include Apple Watch Series 4 and the notion of third-party watch faces, Google’s Pixel 3 phones and Pixel Slate two-in-one tablet/notebook, and Bloomberg’s disputed “The Big Hack” story.
Oct 17, 2018
230: ‘Flabbergasting’, With Special Guest Nilay Patel
01:54:08
Nilay Patel returns to the show to talk about the iPhone XS and XS Max. We got so caught up talking about cameras, we never even mention headphone jacks.
Sep 24, 2018
229: ‘iPhone 🍸’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
01:51:06
Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a deep dive into what was revealed (and what wasn’t) by Guilherme Rambo’s release last week of product marketing images of the apparently-named iPhone XS and Series 4 Apple Watch.
Sep 05, 2018
228: ‘Smallen Up the Bezels’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:36:30
Special guest Jason Snell returns to the show. Topics do include mechanical keyboards, but do not -- I swear -- include baseball. Also: speculation on what Apple might do with the non-Pro MacBook lineup.
Aug 24, 2018
227: ‘Little Q&A’
01:39:12
Answering actual questions from actual listeners.
Aug 01, 2018
226: ‘Cut That Mustache With Scissors’, With Special Guest Marco Arment
02:51:02
Special guest Marco Arment returns to the show for a brief discussion about the new MacBook Pro models and the state of Apple's MacBook lineup.
Jul 28, 2018
225: ‘Resources Up the Yang’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
01:42:30
Special guest Matthew Panzarino returns to the show to talk about his exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new maps coming to Apple Maps, Google’s project Duplex, and the MacBook keyboard repair program.
Jul 01, 2018
224: ‘AirPower, What’s That?’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:08:51
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show for a post-WWDC wrap-up discussion. Topics include iOS 12, Memoji, Siri Shortcuts, Screen Time, Apple Books, MacOS 10.14 Mojave, dark mode, UIKit apps on the Mac, and more.
Jun 15, 2018
223: Live From WWDC 2018 With Greg Joswiak and Mike Rockwell
01:20:28
Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Greg Joswiak and Mike Rockwell to discuss the news from WWDC: ARKit 2, the new USDZ file format, iOS 12, MacOS 10.14 “Mojave”, UIKit apps on MacOS, and more.
Jun 06, 2018
222: ‘Pseudorandom Gibberish’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
01:32:32
Rene Ritchie returns to the show. Topics include MacBook keyboard failures, iOS passcode security, Google’s odd Duplex “demo”, Steam Link’s curious rejection from the App Store, AirPlay 2, and, of course, conjecture about next week’s WWDC.
May 31, 2018
221: ‘Slathered in Incompetence’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
03:07:18
Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include Apple's quarterly results, the discontinuation of Apple's AirPort product line, and more.
May 08, 2018
220: ‘$270 Worth of Unneeded Keyboards’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
01:58:59
Special guest Jim Dalrymple returns to the show. Topics include the litany of problems with MacBook keyboards, speculation regarding why Apple’s AirPower multi-device charging mat still isn’t shipping, Google’s proposal to replace SMS with a new protocol that isn’t encrypted, and more.
Apr 27, 2018
219: ‘Top Men’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:13:48
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show to talk about his exclusive behind-the-scenes profile with Apple’s Pro Workflow Team and state of Apple’s professional Mac hardware and software.
Apr 12, 2018
218: ‘Spending Tim Cook’s Money’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
01:55:38
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show to talk about Apple's education-focused event last week in Chicago.
Apr 01, 2018
217: ‘Our Name Is Our Address’, With Special Guest Jason Kottke
02:19:11
Finally. Jason Kottke is on the show to talk about 20 years of writing his eponymous website.
Mar 24, 2018
216: ‘Podcast Amnesia’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:31:09
Jason Snell returns to the show. Topics include Apple and China, the 10th anniversary of the iPhone SDK, the future of the MacBook Air, and more. No baseball talk, except a little.
Mar 09, 2018
215: ‘The “Press Real Hard” Era’, With Special Guest Marco Arment
03:53:44
Special guest Marco Arment returns to the show for a brief discussion. Topics include Apple’s OS development strategy, HomePod and Siri, the sad state of Apple TV apps, where to get a good cheesesteak, how to boil water, and more.
Feb 18, 2018
214: ‘Only Wireless. Less Smart Than an Echo. Lame.’, With Special Guest Paul Kafasis
02:10:15
Special guest Paul Kafasis returns to the show. Topics include Apple’s new HomePod, [Farrago](https://rogueamoeba.com/farrago/) (Rogue Amoeba’s new soundboard app for the Mac), the Philadelphia Eagles’ triumph over the “New England” Patriots in Super Bowl 52, and we stir up a controversy regarding a 10-year-old cocktail devised by the boys at You Look Nice Today.
Feb 09, 2018
213: ‘Don’t Tap the Monkey’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:22:32
John Moltz returns to the show. We talk about the HomePod, the “cancellation” of iPhone X, Steve Jobs and the orange button, and Super Bowl 52. And a surprising amount of talk about dates.
Feb 01, 2018
212: ‘Arbiter of Finallys’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:27:52
Special guest Rene Ritchie returns to the show to talk about HomePod, clickbait, the Spectre/Meltdown security exploits, and a look back at Apple’s 2017 in review.
Jan 26, 2018
211: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Holiday Spectacular, With Special Guests Guy English and John Siracusa
02:55:16
As per holiday tradition at The Talk Show, a brief chat about ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, with a cavalcade of special guests, including Guy English and John Siracusa.
Jan 01, 2018
210: ‘Australian Battery Scam’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:24:22
Special guest Jason Snell returns for the penultimate episode of 2017. Topics include the iPhone battery performance-throttling saga, Google Maps vs. Apple Maps, new versions of iOS running slow on older iPhones, the new iMac Pro, iOS file management, and more.
Dec 30, 2017
209: ‘Blaming a Platypus’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:07:04
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show to talk about Apple’s new iMac Pro lineup: gaming, VR, medical use, software development video, and more. Also: a spoiler-free preamble on “Star Wars Ep. 8: The Last Jedi”.
Dec 19, 2017
208: ‘Disgusting Inception’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:33:41
John “With an H” Moltz returns to the show. Topics include the ongoing deluge of sexual harassment scandals, our beloved SodaStreams, the Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra root login fiasco, *App: The Human Story*, and more.
Dec 01, 2017
207: ‘Christmas Mitzvah’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
02:24:06
Merlin Mann returns to the show for a Thanksgiving-week holiday spectacular. Topics include the history of Markdown, nerding out with Keyboard Maestro, kids today and the computers they want to use, caring about idiomatic native UI design, a look back at last year's election, and more.
Nov 18, 2017
206: ‘Bed Is Where My Problems Are’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
02:13:14
Ben Thompson returns to the show to talk about the iPhone X.
Nov 10, 2017
205: ‘If You Trust Your Twin’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
01:39:57
Jim Dalrymple returns to the show to talk about the iPhone X.
Nov 01, 2017
204: ‘Flaunting That Notch’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
01:43:44
Rene Ritchie returns to the show on the eve of iPhone X pre-orders opening. Topics include iPhone X (duh), Google’s Pixel 2 and the goofy OLED display on the “XL” version, Face ID FUD, and more.
Oct 27, 2017
203: ‘Unused VIPs’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:02:01
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show. Topics include watches, the problems with the current MacBook keyboards, iOS 11 battery life, my massive windfall from the iBooks antitrust settlement, and more.
Oct 21, 2017
202: ‘You Tell Me If It’s a Dongle’, With Special Guest Joanna Stern
01:37:30
Special guest Joanna Stern returns to the show. Topics include Apple Watch Series 3, our mutual fear of heights, Velcro, and more.
Sep 30, 2017
201: ‘Much More Smarter’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
03:02:28
Matthew Panzarino joins the show for an in-depth look at last week’s Apple event in the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. We talk about iPhone X, iPhone 8, Apple Watch Series 3, Apple TV 4K, and the new Apple Park campus and Steve Jobs Theater.
Sep 19, 2017
200: ‘Episode CC’, With Special Guest Craig Federighi
00:30:10
Very special guest Craig Federighi returns to the show to talk about Face ID, the perils of live demos, Apple’s approach to designing the iPhone X, privacy, security, and more.
Sep 15, 2017
199: ‘Under Rumored’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
02:27:13
Jim Dalrymple returns to the show for a preview of next week's Apple event. We speculate (wrongly, it seems to have turned out) on the naming of the new iPhones, facial recognition in lieu of Touch ID, third-generation Apple Watches, Apple TV, HomePod, and more.
Sep 10, 2017
198: ‘Prison Oreos’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:40:04
Special guest Jason Snell returns to the show. Topics include Daring Fireball's 15th anniversary, fruit fly infestations, clicky keyboards, sandwich cookies, the birth of Markdown, iOS 11's new "cop mode", favicons in Safari, Apple's Project Titan, last week's total solar eclipse, and Jerry Lewis.
Aug 25, 2017
197: ‘Nancy Reagan Was Right’, With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman
02:39:13
Special guest Glenn Fleishman returns to the show. Topics include China forcing Apple to remove VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, Wi-Fi vs. LTE networking, the open workspaces in Apple Park, Glenn's new letterpress project, the HomePod OS leak and iPhone D22, and more.
Aug 06, 2017
196: ‘Actually, You Can Buy a Better Coke’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:06:52
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to talk about the rumors and speculation regarding this year’s upcoming new iPhones.
Jul 21, 2017
195: ‘I Do Like Throwing a Baby’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:53:39
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include more follow-up from WWDC 2017, the iPad Pro models and ProMotion, Scott Forstall's interview with John Markoff regarding the 10-year anniversary of the original iPhone, the ongoing shitshow at Uber, quick thoughts on the Nintendo Switch, and more. Also: guess which John enjoys throwing babies into the air.
Jun 27, 2017
194: ‘Egg Freckles’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:06:09
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show to talk about WWDC 2017 -- iOS 11, the new iPad Pro models, MacOS 10.13 "High Sierra", updated Mac hardware and a tease at the upcoming iMac Pro, where Apple might go with VR and AR, San Jose as the venue for the event itself, and more.
Jun 20, 2017
193: ‘Crack Marketing Team’ — Live From WWDC 2017 With Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi
01:31:46
Recorded in front of a live audience at The California Theatre in San Jose, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: new Mac hardware, the new iPad Pro, Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”, iOS 11, the upcoming HomePod, and more.
Jun 08, 2017
192: ‘The Original Sin Is XML’, With Special Guests Manton Reece and Brent Simmons
01:58:52
Manton Reece and whisky-soaked baritone Brent Simmons join the show to talk about JSON Feed, the new spec they co-authored for syndicating things like blog posts and podcasts. We talk about their longstanding mutual interest in [Userland Frontier][f] -- Dave Winer’s groundbreaking scripting environment from the early ’90s -- and how that background and their mutual love for publishing on the open web and the democratization of technology ultimately led to the creation of JSON Feed, as well as their other new projects: Manton’s [Micro.blog][m] publishing platform, and Brent’s new open source Mac app, announced for the first time right here on the show. And of course a brief look ahead to next week’s WWDC 2017.
Jun 01, 2017
191: ‘He Ends Up Fighting Hervé Villechaize’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
02:25:22
Special guest Jim Dalrymple returns to the show to speculate about what Apple might announce at the upcoming WWDC 2017: Apple Watch, iPad, iOS, updated MacBooks, Apple TV, and more. Also: a celebration of the great Roger Moore.
May 28, 2017
190: ‘Anything Luxury’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
03:22:16
Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include Microsoft's announcements from Build 2017, search engines, Amazon's new (confusingly-named) Look and Show devices, the need for HAL 9000, Apple's WeChat problem in China, and more.
May 13, 2017
189: ‘Long Press on the French Fries’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:14:13
Rene Ritchie returns to the show. Topics include Apple’s Q2 2017 financial results, the iPhone’s decline in China over the past two years, Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick getting called to Tim Cook’s office regarding Uber’s surreptitious “fingerprinting” of iPhones, judging Apple Watch’s success, Hulu’s entry into the cord-cutting “live TV” subscription market (and Apple’s conspicuous absence from that same market), and more.
May 07, 2017
188: ‘Apple VP Lisa Jackson’
00:56:25
Special guest Lisa Jackson — Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives — joins the show for an Earth Day discussion of the state of Apple’s environmental efforts: climate change, renewable energy, responsible packaging, and Apple’s new goal to create a “closed-loop supply chain”, wherein the company’s products would be manufactured entirely from recycled materials.
Apr 21, 2017
187: ‘Forget About Frodo and Sam’, With Special Guest MG Siegler
02:26:33
MG Siegler returns to the show. Topics includes Virgin America's sad fate as a subsidiary of Alaska Airlines, the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pros, "doing work" on an iPad Pro, Walt Mossberg, the absurd bloat of iOS apps, Clips, Netflix and Amazon's spending on video, and more.
Apr 19, 2017
186: ‘Good News, My House Burned Down’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:03:33
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show for an in-depth discussion of last week's "future of the Mac Pro" round table discussion between a handful of Apple executives and journalists who cover the company. We talk about what went wrong with the 2013 Mac Pro design, speculate on the timeline of when Apple made this decision, why touchscreen Macs are almost certainly a bad idea even though a lot of people think they want one, and more.
Apr 13, 2017
185: ‘Warmest Regards’, With Special Guest Dan Frommer
02:21:40
Special guest Dan Frommer returns to the show. Topics include the end of The Deck ad network, my weird story about getting kicked out of Amazon’s affiliate program, Apple’s new products announced last week (Red iPhone 7 models, larger-capacity iPhone SEs, the new 9.7-inch just-plain iPad, and Apple’s excellent new Clips app), Samsung’s new Galaxy S8, Twitter’s new reply system, CarPlay getting its ass kicked in a head-to-head comparison with Android Auto, ISPs and Privacy, and more.
Apr 01, 2017
184: ‘Hubbo Is in Decline’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
01:34:06
The one and only Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include modern plumbing technology and product marketing, the intricate ordeal of switching from iCloud’s old two-step authentication to the modern two-factor authentication, and the future of voice-driven UI/AI. Also, a wee bit of follow-up on our post-election November 9 Holiday Party.
Mar 22, 2017
183: ‘A Very Masculine Bark’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:06:51
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show. Topics include the Best Picture fiasco at last week’s Academy Awards, Tim Cook speaking vaguely of “the pro area” at Apple’s shareholders meeting, the conflict between Apple’s culture of secrecy and the glaring embarrassment that is the 1,100-day-old Mac Pro lineup, new iPad Pro rumors and our ruminations on tablet vs. notebook hardware form factors, The Wall Street Journal’s seemingly goofy report on new iPhones replacing Lightning with USB-C ports, and the garbage fire that is Uber’s corporate culture.
Mar 05, 2017
182: ‘AAA Podcast’, With Special Guest Marco Arment
02:39:58
Special guest Marco Arment returns to the show. Topics include WWDC moving back to San Jose, the latest rumors about this year’s new iPads and iPhones, and the thinking behind the design changes in the just-released Overcast 3.0.
Feb 23, 2017
181: ‘Corporate Stiffy’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:40:37
John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include: 🐩💨, iPad vs. Mac for productivity (and why the iPad isn’t a self-sufficient platform), nostalgia for System 7, speculation on this year’s upcoming new iPhones, and more.
Feb 10, 2017
180: ‘Yay or Nay to Their POV’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
01:48:53
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show. Topics include Apple’s Q1 2017 financial results (including record iPhone sales and continuing cooling iPad sales), issues with LG’s new 5K UltraFine display (not so fine if you use it near a Wi-Fi router), the tech industry’s response to Trump’s immigration ban, and the highlights at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Feb 01, 2017
179: ‘iPhone Is the New Hitler’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
02:14:29
Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include the state of the Mac (and our shared belief that its death has been greatly exaggerated), the NFL playoffs, Chris Lattner leaving Apple for Tesla (and the general problem of talent retention), ruminating on the origins of the word “podcast”, and more.
Jan 26, 2017
178: ‘Now Banned in China’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
02:08:29
Jim Dalrymple returns to the show for the first episode of 2017. Topics include New Year’s Eve, Siri/Alexa/Google Assistant, Apple’s aging AirPort and Mac Pro lineups, the future of desktop Macs, Apple Watch battery life, and rumors of upcoming new iPads.
Jan 10, 2017
177: ‘Surface Curious’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:02:19
Rene Ritchie returns to the show. Topics include Siri vs. Alexa, and whether Wynn Las Vegas’s announcement that they’re putting Amazon Echos into their 4,700+ guest rooms is a sign that Amazon is building a meaningful long-term lead in the nascent voice assistant market; Mark Gurman’s week-ago piece for Bloomberg, “How Apple Alienated Mac Loyalists”; Consumer Reports’s bizarre but widely-publicized battery test results for the new MacBook Pros; and a brief year in review look at our favorite new Apple products from 2016.
Dec 28, 2016
176: ‘Frolic’, With Special Guest Craig Hockenberry
02:02:26
Craig Hockenberry returns to the show with his gigantic fleshy palms. Topics include Donald Trump's highly publicized meeting with a handful of U.S. tech company leaders (including Tim Cook), the release of Nintendo's Super Mario Run for iPhone, Uber's autonomous car that was caught cruising straight through a red light in San Francisco, and Craig's excellent new book, *[Making Sense of Color Management](https://abookapart.com/products/making-sense-of-color-management)*.
Dec 17, 2016
175: ‘Uncle Joe’s Bathtub Gin’, With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman
01:58:44
Glenn Fleishman returns to the show. Topics include indoor plumbing, a spoiler-free discussion about HBO’s excellent “Westworld”, our favorite beverages, Apple’s AirPods launch debacle, Apple TV single sign-on, and more.
Dec 11, 2016
174: ‘Election Escape Key’, With Special Guest Joanna Stern
02:01:50
Joanna Stern returns to the show to talk about the new MacBook Pros (and their keyboards), stockpiling old MacBook Airs, dongles, Touch ID, SnapChat Spectacles, and more.
Dec 01, 2016
173: ‘Fork the Universe’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:41:03
Jason Snell returns to the show to talk about the new MacBook Pros and the Touch Bar, and Apple’s new book chronicling the last 20 years of their industrial design, “Designed by Apple in California”.
Nov 19, 2016
172: ‘Holiday Party’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
02:07:03
Merlin Mann returns to the show to discuss the election, by which I mean we mostly talk *around* the election. I hope we never do another show again with such heavy hearts, but whatever you think about this election, I think you'll like this show.
Nov 09, 2016
171: ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma Multitasking’, With Special Guest John Moltz
02:06:01
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include what we expect from this week's Apple Event for new Mac hardware, and my impressions of the Google Pixel phone after a week using one.
Oct 26, 2016
170: ‘Kicking Dirt on Them While They’re on Fire’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
02:51:19
Special guest Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include voice control with AirPods, how to get your entire music library onto an iPhone while using iCloud Music Library, Apple Watch durability, the Dash/App Store controversy, the disappointing and frustrating state of Siri and voice-driven AI assistants, Google's new Pixel phones and the strategy behind them, Snap's (née Snapchat) Spectacles (and why they're nothing like Google's ill-fated Glass), and more.
Oct 16, 2016
169: ‘A Murder of Eeros’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
01:59:00
Matthew Panzarino returns to the show. Topics include Google’s “Made by Google” hardware announcements (the Pixel phones, Google Wi-Fi routers, their Amazon Echo competitor Google Home), mobile photography, Samsung’s acquisition of Viv, and more.
Oct 06, 2016
168: ‘You’ve Got the Nubbin’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:35:10
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show to discuss Apple’s new stuff: the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2 (and the semi-new Series 1), iOS 10, MacOS Sierra, and more.
Sep 27, 2016
167: ‘Hey Bruh You Bumped Muh Hat’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
02:27:20
Jim Dalrymple returns to the show, to discuss last week's Apple event in San Francisco, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple Watch Series 2, and more.
Sep 17, 2016
166: ‘Way of the Future’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
01:51:47
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to discuss what we expect to see at Apple’s upcoming event in San Francisco: new iPhones (without headphone jacks, and with a radical new two-lens camera on the Plus-sized model), Apple Watch 2 (and a new fall lineup of watch bands). We also discuss Samsung’s recall of the Galaxy Note 7 (because of exploding batteries), when we’ll see new Mac hardware and new iPads, and more.
Sep 05, 2016
165: ‘I Do Feel the Pea’, With Special Guest Guy English
02:08:27
Special guest Guy English returns to the show. Topics include Tim Cook’s five year anniversary as Apple CEO, Steven Levy’s behind-the-scenes look at Apple’s AI and machine learning efforts, Apple’s decision to change the pistol emoji from a realistic revolver to a toy squirt gun, and the demise of Vesper. Also: our favorite Looney Tunes characters.
Aug 28, 2016
164: ‘Enjoyably Clicky’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:24:24
Jason Snell returns to the show. Topics include the latest rumors regarding the upcoming new iPhones and MacBook Pros, Rick Tetzeli’s cover story for Fast Company on Tim Cook’s Apple, and the connection between baseball and mechanical keyboards.
Aug 12, 2016
163: ‘Low Grade Scam’, With Special Guest Joanna Stern
01:25:28
Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern returns to the show. Topics include media gossip on Eddy Cue negotiations with cable TV companies, Apple's aging notebook lineup, Apple's upcoming product announcement event, the Windows 10 upgrade fiasco, and our sweaty feet.
Jul 31, 2016
162: ‘Special Bullying Venue’, With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman
02:38:40
Special guest Glenn Fleishman returns to the show. Topics include security vulnerabilities on MacOS and iOS, ransomware, counterfeit products and outright fraud on Amazon, and online harassment and “free speech”.
Jul 23, 2016
161: ‘Mumbles and Grunts’, With Special Guest John Moltz
02:06:01
John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include parenting thoughts on controlling the amount of time our kids spend playing games and watching YouTube and Netflix, why Google's apps for iOS are better than their apps for Android, Chromebooks in schools, Windows Phone's bright future, Pokemon Go, and more. We also insult the driving abilities of people from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Canada.
Jul 17, 2016
160: ‘Fresh Out of Prison’, With Special Guest Nilay Patel
01:47:10
Special guest Nilay Patel joins the show. Topics include The Verge and Recode (and the state of the media industry at large), what’s going on with the lack of updates to professional Mac hardware, and, of course, Apple’s purported removal of the headphone jack on the upcoming new iPhones.
Jul 01, 2016
159: ‘Phil Z’, With Special Guest Marco Arment
02:44:50
Marco Arment returns to the show. Topics include WWDC 2016, Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi's appearance on the live episode of this show during WWDC, the purported removal of the standard headphone jack from the upcoming new iPhones, and more.
Jun 26, 2016
158: Live From WWDC 2016, With Guests Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi
01:18:05
Recorded in front of a live audience in San Francisco, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi to discuss the news from WWDC: WatchOS 3, MacOS 10.12 Sierra, iOS 10, and more.
Jun 18, 2016
157: ‘A Nokia Phone and Some Pills (WWDC Prelude)’, With Special Guest Dan Frommer
02:24:52
Dan Frommer returns to the show. Topics include Jeff Bezos’s and Elon Musk’s appearances at last week’s Code 2016 conference, Apple’s changes to the App Store (subscriptions for all app categories, search ads, and huge improvements to app review approval times), and, of course, our expectations for WWDC 2016 next week.
Jun 11, 2016
156: ‘Yo, Dingus’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
01:58:35
Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about artificial intelligence and Eddy Cue’s flip-flops.
Jun 04, 2016
155: ‘Medium Rare MacBook’, With Special Guest MG Siegler
02:22:50
Special guest MG Siegler returns to the show. (Finally.) Topics include rumors of an upcoming Siri SDK and an Amazon Echo-like device from Apple, the future of the MacBook lineup, Peter Thiel's secretive role as the financial backer of Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against Gawker, and my hatred of Roman numerals.
May 28, 2016
154: ‘Facebook on Your Face’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
02:11:33
Rene Ritchie returns to the show. Topics include Apple’s new flagship retail store in San Francisco, recent improvements to App Store approval times, and Google’s announcements at I/O this week — Google Home and Google Assistant, Allo and Duo, and Android “N” and Android Instant Apps.
May 21, 2016
153: ‘Chock Full of Whimsy’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
02:58:42
Ben Thompson returns to the show to talk about Apple’s recent quarterly results, what we think is going on with iPhone sales, Tim Cook’s misleading guidance, Apple Music, and a lot more.
May 07, 2016
152: ‘The Greatest Mic Drop I’ve Ever Seen’, With Special Guest Guy English
02:44:14
Special guest Guy English returns to the show. Topics include Ben Thompson’s argument that Apple’s functional organizational structure is hindering their efforts in online services, recalling our first Apple computers and the elegance of the classic Mac OS’s conceptual design, Prince (and his early use of Macs for creating music), emoji and exclamation marks, WWDC 2016, and yours truly’s youthful foray into on-the-job vandalism.
Apr 25, 2016
151: ‘Option P’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:09:28
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show. Topics include the new 9.7-inch iPad Pro, using an iPad for “work”, podcasting microphones, the damn Siri Remote for the new Apple TV, the *Star Wars: Rogue One* teaser, and more.
Apr 13, 2016
150: ‘Strict Robot Definer’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:51:13
Jason Snell returns to the show for an in-depth look at last week's Apple Event, and the two products that were introduced: the iPhone SE and the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Other topics include the ongoing FBI/Apple encryption soap opera, what's wrong with the Apple Watch -- and our appreciation for the late great Garry Shandling.
Mar 28, 2016
149: ‘With Apologies to Hamilton’, With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman
02:19:08
Glenn Fleishman joins the show. The primary topic: Apple’s legal battle against the FBI regarding the iPhone and encryption. Other topics include Aaron Burr’s resurgence in popularity, the U.S. founding fathers’ use of cyphers and codes in their correspondance, next week’s Apple event, USB battery packs, and more.
Mar 17, 2016
148: ‘Occupy Portland’, With Special Guest John Moltz
02:20:55
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include the Apple/FBI encryption fight, Apple’s upcoming event and the products they’re expected to announce. And Campo Santo’s fantastic new video game “Firewatch”.
Mar 03, 2016
147: ‘iTools or Whatever’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple
01:58:47
Special guest Jim Dalrymple joins the show to talk about the Apple/FBI legal showdown, the debate over Apple software quality, and more.
Feb 21, 2016
146: ‘“They Might Be Giants” With a Spanish Accent’, With Special Guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi
00:56:35
Very special guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi join the show. Topics include: the new features in Apple's upcoming OS releases (iOS 9.3 and tvOS 9.2); why Apple is expanding its public beta program for OS releases; iTunes's monolithic design; how personally involved Eddy and Craig are in using, testing, and installing beta software; the sad decline of Duke's men's basketball team; and more.
Feb 12, 2016
145: ‘Anthropomorphic Human Bowel’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson
01:49:35
Special guest Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include last Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 (and its mostly terrible commercials), Tim Cook’s tweet with a photo he took from the sidelines post-game, Twitter’s algorithmic timeline and the state of today’s Google- and Facebook-dominated online advertising industry, Yahoo’s dismal prospects, and more.
Feb 11, 2016
144: ‘Hopped Up on Holiday Juice’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:14:28
Special Guest Matthew Panzarino. Topics include Apple's quarterly financial results, rumors of Apple working on VR handsets and "wireless" charging for iPhones, Bezos charts, and more.
Feb 01, 2016
143: ‘A Squirrel Eating a Duck’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann
02:48:17
Merlin Mann returns to the show. Topics include Winter Storm Jonas, the politics of sick kids, sweating out a fever, people going insane over the rumors that the next iPhones will omit the standard headphone jack, the seven-hour *The Godfather Epic*, and more.
Jan 24, 2016
142: ‘They Sherlocked F.lux’, With Special Guest Dan Frommer
02:13:23
Special guest Dan Frommer returns to the show to deliver his first-hand report from last week’s CES in Las Vegas. Other topics include Periscope, Peach, why Apple never participated at CES, El Chapo’s re-capture, iOS 9.3, Apple Watch, Apple’s finances (and stock price), and self-driving cars.
Jan 14, 2016
141: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Holiday Spectacular, With Special Guests Guy English, Amy Jane Gruber, and More
02:29:06
A brief holiday chat about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, with a cavalcade of special guests, including Guy English and Amy Jane Gruber.
Jan 01, 2016
140: ‘Apple’s 2015 Year in Review’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie
03:07:33
Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a look back at the Apple year that was: the new one-port MacBook, Apple Watch's launch, WWDC and Apple Music, the iPhones 6S, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Apple TV, iPad Mini 4, iOS 9, Mac OS X 10.11, and, of course, the most important new product of the year, the Smart Battery Case. (This episode contains absolutely no Star Wars talk, except for a little.)
Dec 30, 2015
139: ‘How Many Fingers Should This Baby Have?’, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa
03:20:33
Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi joins the show for a wide-ranging half-hour discussion about Swift -- Apple's new programming language that just went open source. Next, John Siracusa returns to the show to follow up on Federighi's segment on Swift. Other topics include Apple's new Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 6/6S, and our mutual (and perhaps futile) desire to head into this week's premiere of *Star Wars: The Force Awakens* knowing as few spoilers as possible.
Dec 15, 2015
138: ‘I’ve Been Using Mine More in Bed’, With Special Guest Joanna Stern
02:19:11
Joanna Stern returns to the show to talk about the iPad Pro, Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, what's going on with Yahoo (spoiler: not much), how best to sell old iPhones when upgrading, and Mark Zuckerberg promising to donate 99 percent of his fortune to charitable causes.
Dec 08, 2015
137: ‘Peak Rumor Season’, With Special Guest John Moltz
01:46:14
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show to discuss rumors that the iPhone 7 might not have a standard headphone jack and that Apple is working on new MacBook Airs. Also: a parenting guide to the Star Wars and James Bond franchises.
Dec 01, 2015
136: ‘Fully Charged Pencil’, With Special Guest Jason Snell
02:13:55
Special guest Jason Snell joins the show to talk about iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, how iOS still feels like *iPhone OS* at a fundamental level, and Don Norman and Bruce Tognazzini’s overwrought “How Apple Is Giving Design a Bad Name” article for Fast Company. Also: the new membership program at Six Colors.
Nov 21, 2015
135: ‘Put a Nipple on It’, With Special Guest Adam Lisagor
02:34:53
Special guest Adam Lisagor returns to the show. Topics include the new Apple TV (why we both love it, despite several 1.0 flaws), 4K video, 3D movies, and Adam’s excellent new series “Computer Show”.
Nov 07, 2015
134: ‘Field Sobriety Test’, With Special Guest Guy English
02:29:02
Special guest Guy English returns to the show for an in-depth discussion about the new Apple TV.
Oct 31, 2015
133: ‘The MacGuffin Tractor’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:33:05
Serenity Caldwell returns to the show. Topics include this week’s new iMacs; the new “Magic” mouse, trackpad, and keyboard; an overview of Apple Music and iCloud Photos; Facebook’s outrageous background battery usage on iOS; Elon Musk’s gibes on Apple getting into the car industry; and my take on the new *Steve Jobs* movie.
Oct 17, 2015
132: ‘Peace, Porn, and Privacy’, With Guest Marco Arment
03:14:22
Marco Arment joins the show for a brief chat on ad blockers, advertising in general, and the new iPhones 6S.
Oct 03, 2015
131: ‘If Only the Death Star Had That’, With Guest Rene Ritchie
02:39:02
Rene Ritchie joins the show to discuss last week's blockbuster Apple Event and the products that were announced: Apple Watch updates, the iPad Pro (and Smart Keyboard, and Apple Pencil), the all-new Apple TV, and the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Also: iOS 9.
Sep 18, 2015
130: ‘A Full Canseco’, With Guest John Moltz
02:40:02
Special guest John Moltz is back. Topics include Google’s new logo, the Tacoma Tahomas, and our speculation regarding what to expect at this week’s Apple event in San Francisco.
Sep 08, 2015
129: ‘90 Minutes or Bust’, With Guest Ben Thompson
01:56:00
Special guest Ben Thompson returns to the show. Topics include: our top complaints about Apple Watch, Apple making a car, the New York Times's profile of Amazon's work culture, and more.
Aug 29, 2015
128: ‘Did You Ever Take a Photograph?’, With Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:26:17
Special guest Matthew Panzarino returns to the show. Topics include Twitter (their musical chairs game at CEO, the @MagicRecs feature, and whether their declining stock price makes them an acquisition target), the end of Google Plus, why the new Photos app for Mac is inadequate as a replacement for Lightroom for us, Apple's new San Jose real estate acquisition, Apple Car speculation, and Apple's spree of hiring writers from the Apple media.
Aug 09, 2015
127: ‘A Sack Full of Plucked Feathers’, With Guest John Moltz
01:59:46
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include bluetooth headphones, Apple Music and iCloud Photo Library, phone sizes (including speculation on the lineup of new iPhones in September), El Chapo’s social media intern, Apple’s stock price, Alex Gibney’s upcoming Steve Jobs documentary, and the new trailer for “Spectre”.
Jul 30, 2015
126: ‘Tommy Got Made’, With Guest Jason Snell
02:53:03
Jason Snell returns to the show, with a lot to talk about: Pebble's new Pebble Time smartwatch, the "Safari is the New IE" argument, the state of web advertising (and its adverse effects on performance and privacy) and monetization, and more.
Jul 21, 2015
125: ‘They Buy a Hole in the Wall’, With Guest Horace Dediu
01:56:26
Special guest Horace Dediu joins The Talk Show for the first time. Topics include the state of the maps industry, Apple's functional organizational structure, what the WWDC keynote said about the state of the company today, and more.
Jun 28, 2015
124: ‘Schiller Did Not Have to Put Up With This Bullshit’, With Guest Guy English
02:19:03
Guy English returns to the show, and we make a valiant but failed effort to cover all of the technical/developer news from last week’s WWDC. Among the topics we did hit: app thinning, Bitcode, WatchKit 2.0, CloudKit (and opening it up to web developers), Swift 2.0, Metal coming to the Mac, accessibility and low-level support for right-to-left languages, iOS 9’s new low-power mode, and more.
Jun 20, 2015
123: Live From WWDC 2015, With Guest Phil Schiller
01:08:38
Recorded in front of a live audience at Mezzanine in San Francisco, John Gruber is joined by Phil Schiller to discuss the news from WWDC: OS X 10.11 El Capitan, iOS 9, the new native app SDK for Apple Watch, Apple Music, and the 2004 American League Championship series.
Jun 10, 2015
122: ‘Everyone Needs a Jerk’, With Guest Mark Gurman
02:22:21
Prelude to WWDC 2015 episode, featuring special guest Mark Gurman. We cover anything and everything you’d want to know heading into WWDC.
Jun 07, 2015
121: ‘He Was Sort of Anti-Golf’, With Guest Rene Ritchie
02:18:09
Special guest Rene Ritchie returns to the show. Topics includes Jony Ive’s promotion to Chief Design Officer and the implications for Apple; the differences in Apple’s internal design culture now that industrial and user interface design are under one roof; Google’s announcements at their I/O developer conference last week in San Francisco, including Google Photos; “machine learning”; Apple replacing the much-maligned discoveryd with good old mDNSResponder in the latest Yosemite developer beta; our thoughts on the space black Apple Watch with link bracelet; and more.
Jun 01, 2015
120: ‘The Move to Frisco’, With Guest Dan Frommer
02:18:13
Special guest Dan Frommer returns to the show. Topics include David Letterman, iPhone docks, the space black steel Apple Watch, whatever happened to the Edition collection, San Francisco as the new system font for iOS and Mac OS X, and more.
May 23, 2015
119: ‘Workin’ in Pajamas’, With Guest David Sparks
02:32:45
Special guest David Sparks joins the show for the first time. Topics include “power users”, Markdown, Apple Watch, the new MacBook, iCloud Photo Syncing and the new Photos for Mac, WWDC, and wearing slippers as “work” shoes.
May 16, 2015
118: ‘Sloppy on the Side’, With Guest Adam Lisagor
02:12:28
Special guest and longtime friend Adam Lisagor returns to the show. I don’t know anyone who’s more excited about Apple Watch than Adam, except, maybe, my son. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Apple just released a brand-new thing, and they don’t do that very often. This episode, we just had fun. Some keen observations about the future of the platform, too.
May 08, 2015
117: ‘I Touched Ron Johnson’, With Guest John Moltz
02:32:47
John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include Gruber’s retina, Apple Watch backorders and the watch itself, news from Microsoft’s Build conference, how to introduce yourself to people you’ve publicly branded a “jackass”, and more.
May 01, 2015
116: ‘Browser Pooped on the Wee-Wee Pad’, With Guest Joanna Stern
02:34:01
Special guest Joanna Stern of The Wall Street Journal joins the show to talk about Apple Watch and the new MacBook (and her reviews thereof).
Apr 16, 2015
115: ‘Turd on the Front Porch’, With Guest Ben Thompson
02:34:16
Special guest Ben Thompson returns, with the intention of not talking about Apple Watch — and so of course we spend two hours talking about Apple Watch. Other topics include the launch of Jay Z’s streaming music service Tidal, audience ceilings faced by different types of dedicated TV devices, and Meerkat-vs.-Periscope and the nascent revolution of ubiquitous live-streaming video. We make some NCAA men’s basketball Final Four picks, too.
Apr 03, 2015
114: ‘All of Us Assholes in Journalism’, With Guest Serenity Caldwell
02:19:58
Special guest Serenity Caldwell joins the show. Topics include last week’s “Spring Forward” Apple media event; the new Force Touch Trackpad for MacBooks, and the prospects for force touch in future iOS devices; and of course, Apple Watch.
Mar 20, 2015
113: ‘A Tube of Lubricant for Your Life’, With Guest Matthew Panzarino
02:57:14
Special guest Matthew Panzarino joins the show to talk about this week’s “Spring Forward” Apple media event, for the new MacBook and Apple Watch.
Mar 13, 2015
112: ‘Retina Quality’, With Guest Paul Kafasis
02:22:15
Special guest Paul Kafasis returns to the show. Topics include the new Pebble Time watch, the imminent arrival of Apple Watch, Paul’s clever new doorbell (and unfortunate refrigerator situation), a little bit of baseball, and why I can’t attend next week’s Apple event in San Francisco.
Mar 05, 2015
111: ‘12 Hours a Day’, With Guest John Moltz
01:59:02
Special guest John Moltz returns to the show. Topics include Apple Watch; rumors that Apple is working on a secret car project; our love of old Mac hardware; and a long discussion on Ian Parker’s extraordinary New Yorker profile of Jony Ive and his design team at Apple.
Feb 24, 2015
110: ‘Rats in the Lobby’, With Guest Merlin Mann
02:08:45
Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about movies and shit.
Feb 13, 2015
109: ‘How Many Keys?’, With Guest MG Siegler
01:53:37
MG Siegler returns to the show, reporting from London. Topics include last week’s blockbuster earnings report from Apple, the increasingly imminent Apple Watch, phone display sizes, the impact of China on sales, rethinking the intended purpose and success of the iPhone 5C, speculation on Apple’s 2015 product roadmap, and whether Bluetooth is the future for mass market earbuds and headphones.
Feb 05, 2015
108: ‘Malaprops’, With Guest Ben Thompson
03:10:33
Topics include Apple’s pseudo “sabbaticals” (employees who leave the company but then return after a year or two); Google’s cultural similarities to Microsoft; the ways that Apple (and iOS users) might miss Scott Forstall; accessibility as a high priority for Apple; Instagram’s success (and how they effectively ate Hipstamatic’s lunch); a debate on just how “simple” Twitter is; Box’s successful IPO, and Dropbox’s support for Yosemite’s official Finder integration for such services; MIT economist Jonathan Gruber pissing in my Google juice; Chromebooks; Amazon’s overall strategy, and the colossal failure of their Fire Phone; and, lastly, a good chunk on Microsoft’s Windows 10/HoloLens event last week.
Jan 24, 2015
107: ‘Now It’s All Floppy’, With Guest Marco Arment
03:04:49
Special guest Marco Arment returns to the show. Topics include microphones; Marco’s much-publicized article last week on Apple’s seemingly declining software quality; talking to the press and agreeing to interviews; Apple’s relatively tiny developer relations team (and how that pertains to the aforementioned segment on Apple’s perceived software quality); the purported new 12-inch MacBook Air and its dearth of peripheral ports; and more.
Jan 13, 2015
106: ‘Star Wars Holiday Spectacular’, With Guests John Siracusa and Guy English
03:44:53
A brief chat about the Star Wars movies, with special guests John Siracusa and Guy English.
Jan 01, 2015
105: ‘George Lucas Called’, With Guest Jason Snell
02:17:04
Special guest Jason Snell joins the show for a year-end extravaganza. Topics include Jason’s first three months writing (and podcasting) as an indie at his new Six Colors; a look back at his 20-year career at MacUser and soon thereafter Macworld; tricky edge cases when booking sponsorships, and the whole situation with separating advertising sales from editorial integrity when you’re running a one-person publication; the Sony/North Korea hacking and *The Interview*, and iTunes’s slightly belated release thereof; and we pour one out for good old Movable Type.
Dec 31, 2014
104: ‘2014 Year in Review’, With Guest Rene Ritchie
02:18:14
Special guest Rene Ritchie returns to the show for a special Apple 2014 year-in-review episode. Just a few of the many topics covered: Apple’s Beats acquisition; WWDC 2014 in hindsight; an aside speculating on the alternate universe where Google acquired WebOS instead of Android; the similarities between the “projected UI” nature of AirPlay, CarPlay, and WatchKit; UI fonts (Helvetica Neue in Yosemite, Apple Sans, and the Watch’s San Francisco (a.k.a. “DINvetica”)); Apple’s growing ability to design and bring to market its own hardware internals and components; recent controversies and confusing rejections at the App Store (and the need for a public-facing App Store ombudsman); and what we’re looking forward to in 2015.
Dec 27, 2014
103: ‘Robotitize the Assembly’, With Guest Dan Frommer
01:55:20
Special guest Dan Frommer joins the show to talk about prop bets in Vegas, more *Star Wars*, some follow-up on James Bond, what Apple should do with its mountain of cash, speculation on why iPad sales growth has stagnated, and more. Also, some in-depth segments on Instagram and the concept of “institutional taste”.
Dec 17, 2014
102: ‘Maybe You Don’t Take an Apprentice’, With Dave Wiskus
02:56:34
Special guest Dave Wiskus joins the show to talk about the new teaser trailer for *Star Wars: The Force Awakens*, and just-announced title and cast for the 24th EON Productions Bond movie, *Spectre*. Other topics include the untapped potential of podcasting and YouTubing, cutting babies in half, turtle copulation, and kangaroo genitalia.
Dec 06, 2014
101: ‘Like a Butt Crack’, With Christa Mrgan
01:29:57
Special guest Christa Mrgan joins the show to talk about Yosemite UI design, Apple TV’s aesthetics (and its shitty IR remote control), Apple Watch speculation (including using it as an Apple TV remote), the Watch’s new San Francisco font, bling in icon design, and more. It’s a Thanksgiving week design-focused spectacular.
Nov 25, 2014
100: ‘People Are Gay All the Time’, With John Moltz
02:26:59
Who else but very special guest John Moltz to ring in The Talk Show’s centurial episode. Topics include iPhone display sizes (and in particular, our mutual preference for the old 5S 4-inch size over the 4.7-inch iPhone 6); the new book Moltz co-wrote, “The Visual Guide to Minecraft”; writing tools, including word processors and Markdown; shopping for gaming PCs as a Mac person; Microsoft Office going free on mobile platforms; Twitter’s stilted strategy statement; President Obama’s statement on Net Neutrality; and Tim Cook’s eloquent essay announcing that he’s gay.
Nov 15, 2014
XCIX: ‘The Smoker Channels’, With Merlin Mann
02:39:15
Very special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about Comcast customer service, cable-cutting, Marlins Man (no relation) and his showboating-spectator predecessors, and the state of podcasting today. Also: daylight saving time and Roman numerals.
Nov 08, 2014
98: ‘Far Less Eloquent as You’, With John Siracusa
03:04:33
Special guest John Siracusa returns to the show to discuss last week’s Apple event (introducing the iPad Air 2), and OS X Yosemite (and his review thereof).
Oct 25, 2014
97: ‘Copious Software Projects’, With Guy English
02:45:20
Special guest Guy English returns to the show to talk about iOS 8 quality concerns, and whether Apple’s annual software cycle is stretching the company too thin. Then things devolve into a bitter argument over the merits of file name extensions.
Oct 10, 2014
96: ‘The Edition Edition’, With Ben ‘Bengate’ Thompson
02:50:10
Special guest Ben Thompson joins the show for an Apple Watch discussion: what it’ll cost, what it’ll do, how it will be sold, and more. Other topics include “Bend-gate”, Apple’s growing prowess in mobile chip design, and Derek Jeter.
Sep 28, 2014
95: ‘Twenty-One Thousand Words’, With Rene Ritchie
01:55:44
Special guest: Rene Ritchie. Topics: What else? The iPhones 6, iOS 8, and last week’s special event at the Flint Center in Cupertino.
Sep 20, 2014
94: ‘Very Few Outhouses Anymore’, With Jason Snell
02:26:12
Special guest Jason Snell joins the show on the cusp of Apple’s September 9 event, where the company will purportedly introduce two new iPhones and a breakthrough wearable device. Topics include the purpose and advantages of a 5.5-inch iPhone, why only the 5.5-inch iPhone will (I think) get an @3x retina display, speculation on the nature and purpose of an Apple wearable/watch, the intrigue surrounding the event’s venue, and more.
Sep 08, 2014
93: ‘Toner-Perfect Design’, With Craig Hockenberry
02:23:53
Speculation on the purportedly-imminent new 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, and the rise of adaptive user interface layout and design on iOS. @3x, here we come.
Aug 29, 2014
92: ‘That New Laptop Smell’, With Joanna Stern
01:54:45
Topics include Joanna’s recent review of over 20 laptops; the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone; why Windows Phone is still struggling to gain traction; the role of Microsoft Office in today’s world; and speculation on Apple’s upcoming iPhone event.
Aug 22, 2014
91: ‘BlackBerry Is Still Technically in Business’, With Dan Frommer
02:17:18
Topics include speculation — seriously, just speculation — on Apple’s purported upcoming wrist wearable thing, Apple’s fall event schedule, polarized sunglasses, market share in the post-PC era, and Beats’s integration into Apple (including a clever idea from Dan about the potential for a Beats Music channel on Apple TV).
Aug 12, 2014
90: ‘Jamming More RAM in for Free’, With John Moltz
01:59:54
Topics include Apple's quarterly results, how much Apple's cable and peripheral prices contribute to the popular conception that their products are "expensive", presbyopia and large-screen phones, and more.
Jul 28, 2014
89: ‘Cat Pictures’, With Marco Arment (Side 2)
01:39:23
Topics include the design and development of Marco’s new iOS podcast player, Overcast, custom UI fonts, the difficulty of low-level audio programming, and pricing strategy — with digressions on U.S. politics and other non-controversial subjects.
Jul 20, 2014
88: ‘Cat Pictures’, With Marco Arment (Side 1)
01:45:30
Topics include the design and development of Marco’s new iOS podcast player, Overcast, custom UI fonts, the difficulty of low-level audio programming, and pricing strategy — with digressions on U.S. politics and other non-controversial subjects.
Jul 20, 2014
87: ‘Free Alcoholic Beverages’, With Ben Thompson
02:03:46
Topics include Samsung getting pinched from Apple on the high end and Xiaomi (at least in China) on the low end, Android and the importance of software differentiation, wearable devices, and more.
Jul 12, 2014
86: ‘Diddling Your Feeds’, With Dave Wiskus
02:27:02
Topics include the new look and feel in OS X Yosemite (10.10), Google’s new “Material Design” look and feel for Android, smartwatches (including the new ones Google showed at I/O last week), and Dave’s new behind-the-scenes role at The Talk Show.
Jul 01, 2014
85: ‘Oh Man, Soccer’, With Paul Kafasis
01:52:20
Topics include the ongoing World Cup and the sport of soccer, Google Glass, mockups of devices in rumor reports, Amazon's Fire Phone, the New York Times's profile of Tim Cook last week, Apple's growth, and the agonizingly slow death of Blackberry. Lastly, Paul brings up a devilishly tricky question regarding whether Apple will support a particular new addition to the Emoji specification.
Jun 26, 2014
84: ‘Doctoring the Ball’, With Guy English
01:51:58
Special guest Guy English. Topics center on WWDC 2014, particularly how XPC — interapplication communication — is playing a fundamental but largely behind-the-scenes role in many of the new features for iOS and OS X. The new much-improved WebKit API (which brings third-party apps the faster Nitro JavaScript engine), third-party keyboards, Sharing menu extensions, and Notification Center widgets — all these things are built on XPC. Other topics include Apple TV, Swift, and the apparent happiness not just of third-party developers, but Apple employees, too.
Jun 17, 2014
83: Live From WWDC 2014, With Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa, and Scott Simpson
01:48:58
Recorded in front of a live audience of 500 people on Tuesday, 2 June 2014 at Mezzanine in San Francisco. John Gruber is joined by the ATP trio — Marco Arment, Casey Liss, and John Siracusa — to discuss the news from WWDC: OS X 10.10 Yosemite, iOS 8, Swift, and more. Then, Scott Simpson joins the show to discuss theme songs and the future of higher education. No nudity or violence, but the second half of the show does have some explicit language.
Jun 07, 2014
82: ‘We're Allowed to Make Stuff Up; It's a Podcast’, With Dan Frommer
01:50:15
Special guest Dan Frommer. Topics include Dan’s new gig as senior tech editor at Quartz, tablets as a form factor for full-featured PCs (and the now-aging design of the MacBook Air), WWDC rumors, the rumored iOS-style redesign of Mac OS X, previous Mac OS visual designs, and more — including ticket information for next week’s live WWDC show in San Francisco.
May 28, 2014
81: ‘Bring Back Jerry Yang’, With John Moltz
1:34:47
Special guest John Moltz joins the show for a discussion regarding Apple's still-only-rumored acquisition of Beats, WWDC rumors, the ringer switch on the iPhone, the ZTE Open C Firefox OS phone (spoiler: it's a turd), and the transition of The Talk Show from Mule Radio to its new home here at Daring Fireball.
May 22, 2014