The director’s commentary track for Daring Fireball.
315: ‘I Don’t Know How to Read’, With Joanna Stern
Special guest: the one and only Joanna Stern. Topics: new iMacs, Touch ID vs. Face ID, remote controls, surveillance advertising, and people who want to make everything a video call when a good old-fashioned voice call would do.
314: ‘Obviously Tier One’, With Marco Arment
Marco Arment returns to the show to talk about the new Apple TV remote control. (Also, the new M1 iMacs and iPad Pros.)
313: ‘The Sour Grapes Commission’, With Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman returns to the show to talk about last week’s “Spring Loaded” product announcements from Apple: subscription podcasts, AirTags, Apple TV, colorful Apple Silicon iMacs, and the M1 iPad Pros.
312: ‘Not to Get Zealotrous’, With Craig Mod
Craig Mod joins the show to talk about writing, designing, filmmaking, what makes for good software, and building a successful membership program to support independent art. And: pizza toast.
311: ‘Toaster Fridgey’, With Rene Ritchie
Rene Ritchie returns to the show to speculate about pending Apple product announcements and events. Lots of guessing, no wagering.
310: ‘Russian Nesting Doll Code’, With Jason Snell
Special guest Jason Snell joins the show to reminisce over 20 years of Mac OS X. I mean OS X. Sorry, MacOS. Also: HomePod, Apple TV, and Intel’s awkward new ad campaign.
Old man yelling at air
I used to like the long shows. Some years ago. I’ve been listening ever since. Can’t really pinpoint where it started that a new episode feels like the last one.
He keeps making the same points with the same guests.
I have the feeling he keeps using the same tools/principles no matter the technological underpinnings and isn’t really up-to-date any more with how current Apple technology/offerings work. I think it’s great that he uses his platform to get people thinking outside their (political) bubble. So 3 stars instead of 2
This show is loosing favor with me
This was my favorite podcast for a long time, even after the transition from 5by5. But in recent years it just seems like Gruber is coasting. Episodes are released infrequently and erratically. Weeks will go by without an episode, and then right before WWDC, two episodes will come out back to back, with no time to listen before the event. In the case of this year, there was an episode all about Play Date, an independent hand held video game console, right before the keynote. I just don’t get it... I have always loved Gruber’s personality and don’t mind the meandering topics, but there are some problems recently. The guest list is increasingly less diverse and insightful (some exceptions include Joanna Stern and Ben Thompson). Gruber repeats off topic anecdotes from week to week, and has a lot of holes in his knowledge about modern Apple, particularly the intricacies of iOS, tvOS, the iPad, and Apple Watch. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Mac and iPhone, but he seems perfectly happy leaving it at that. As time progresses, this perspective is becoming more and more limited in relevance. In a time where we have consistent and quality shows like ATP, Upgrade, and Connected, I wonder where The Talk Show really fits in. At the end of the day, Gruber will do Gruber. And good for him. But this isn’t a show that has the same appeal that it used to.
This pod used to be entertaining but Gruber has gone off the rails, finding faux injustice everywhere and the virtue signaling has become nauseating. Also he sounds slightly drunk and slow, almost as if statins are addling his mind. Pity.