The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball. Long digressions on Apple, technology, design, movies, and more.
334: ‘High-Margin Candy Bar’, With Dieter Bohn
Dieter Bohn joins the show to talk about his excellent new documentary, *Springboard: The Secret History of the First Real Smartphone* — a history of Handspring and the creators of the original PalmPilot.
333: ‘Schrödinger’s Feature’, With Rene Ritchie
Apple’s 2021 year in review, with special guest Rene Ritchie.
332: ‘The Post-Doom Era’, With Joanna Stern
Emmy Award-winning Joanna Stern returns to the show. Topics include: Apple's new iCloud "legacy contact" feature, the current state and future of VR headsets, Elon Musk, and more.
331: ‘John Was the Problem’, With Merlin Mann
Merlin Mann returns to the show to discuss two brief topics (with a few asides): my dream of opening a steakhouse, and Peter Jackson’s Beatles documentary “Get Back”.
330: ‘Headline Goes Here’, With Jim Dalrymple
Special guest Jim Dalrymple returns to the show to discuss the past and future of Apple-centric reporting.
329: ‘The Scotland Board of Tourism’, With David Smith
Special guest David Smith returns to the show to talk about Apple Watch Series 7 and the state of WatchOS, Apple suing NSO Group, 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.