The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball. Long digressions on Apple, technology, design, movies, and more.
353: ‘Shop Different’, With Michael Steeber
Special guest Michael Steeber joins the show to discuss his new project, The Apple Store Time Machine — an intricately-detailed explorable walkthrough of four of Apple’s original retail stores.
352: ‘I’ve Kissed That Mouse’, With Marco Arment
Marco Arment returns to the show to talk about the new M2 MacBook Air and stuff.
351: ‘Here You Go, Cheapskate’, With Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie returns to the show for more on Apple’s announcements from WWDC 2022, locking devices out of Face ID and Touch ID, passkeys, and more.
350: ‘Your Sack of Meat With Teeth’, With Jason Snell
Jason Snell returns to the show to discuss the biggest threads from WWDC 2022 — in particular, Stage Manager and the M2 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook “Pro”. No sports talk (unless you count soccer).
349: ‘Live From WWDC 2022’, With Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak
Special guests Craig Federighi and Greg Joswiak join me to discuss the news from WWDC 2022, in front of a live audience at the new Apple Developer Center at Apple Park.
348: ‘Joe Biden’s Gum’’, With John Moltz
Very special guest: John Moltz. Very special topics: flat Apple Watches, USB-C iPhones, and more.
Too many annoying guests get in the way
Gruber has great insights, as evidenced by what he writes on his site. The big problem with this podcast is the many insufferable guests. Recently, Merlin Mann and Ben Thompson have stood out in particular as people who talk over him constantly and are neither funny, insightful nor informative on any level. The Ben Thompson “I need to push the metaverse at all cost because I got to interview Zuck, please forget how I pushed Clubhouse a few months ago thx” took the cringe crown. Other guests behave better but have too many axes to grind with Apple, which is not fun to listen to nearly every week. This brings me to how Gruber and others, from 2015-2020 absolutely, positively had to devote about 30 minutes of every single podcast to how bad the butterfly keyboard was. I don’t want to hear the same thing constantly.
It's not The Talk Show without Dan.
John Gruber is the #1 Apple blogger on the internet, lets just get that out of the way. He is also dour, unfocused, mumbles and in general doesn't come across as an engaging personality when speaking live on a podcast… UNLESS he has the right co-host or host. The "Talk Show" produced by 5by5 and Dan Benjamin was outstanding. With the radio ready voice and steady guide in Dan it helped Gruber come alive and created an entertaining and informative 60-90 minutes. Now John Gruber has apparently, and without warning to listeners OR his long time partner Dan Benjamin, taken the title and whole show away to another Podcasting company and produced this new "Talk Show." He is acting as the primary host with guests. Its about as big a disaster as you would expect. This show was terribly unfocused, unentertaining, and frankly unprofessional.
While you can be certain I will continue to follow John Gruber on his excellent website I no longer want to listen to this, the magic is gone and sadly this appears to be the kind of move (and way it was handled) that Gruber has spent years railing against on his website.
I'm not angry, I'm just sad.