The Talk Show

‘The Greatest Mic Drop I’ve Ever Seen’, With Special Guest Guy English

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.

‘Option P’, With Special Guest Serenity Caldwell

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.

‘Strict Robot Definer’, With Special Guest Jason Snell

Jason Snell (Six Colors, The Incomparable, Upgrade) 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.

‘With Apologies to Hamilton’, With Special Guest Glenn Fleishman

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.

‘Occupy Portland’, With Special Guest John Moltz

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.

‘iTools or Whatever’, With Special Guest Jim Dalrymple

Special guest Jim Dalrymple joins the show to talk about the Apple/FBI legal showdown, the debate over Apple software quality, and more.

‘“They Might Be Giants” With a Spanish Accent’, With Special Guests Eddy Cue and Craig Federighi

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.

Some scoops too, including: the weekly number of iTunes and App Store transactions, an updated Apple Music subscriber count, peak iMessage traffic per second, and the number of iCloud account holders.

‘Anthropomorphic Human Bowel’, With Special Guest Ben Thompson

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.

‘Hopped Up on Holiday Juice’, With Special Guest Matthew Panzarino

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.

‘A Squirrel Eating a Duck’, With Special Guest Merlin Mann

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.

‘They Sherlocked F.lux’, With Special Guest Dan Frommer

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.

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens Holiday Spectacular’, With Special Guests Guy English, Amy Jane Gruber, and More

A brief holiday chat about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with a cavalcade of special guests, including Guy English and Amy Jane Gruber.

‘Apple’s 2015 Year in Review’, With Special Guest Rene Ritchie

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.

‘How Many Fingers Should This Baby Have?’, With Special Guests Craig Federighi and John Siracusa

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.

‘I’ve Been Using Mine More in Bed’, With Special Guest Joanna Stern

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.

‘Peak Rumor Season’, With Special Guest John Moltz

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.

‘Fully Charged Pencil’, With Special Guest Jason Snell

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.

‘Put a Nipple on It’, With Special Guest Adam Lisagor

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”.

‘Field Sobriety Test’, With Guest Guy English

Special guest Guy English returns to the show for an in-depth discussion about the new Apple TV.

‘The MacGuffin Tractor’, With Guest Serenity Caldwell

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.

‘Peace, Porn, and Privacy’, With Guest Marco Arment

Marco Arment joins the show for a brief chat on ad blockers, advertising in general, and the new iPhones 6S.

‘If Only the Death Star Had That’, With Guest Rene Ritchie

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.

‘A Full Canseco’, With Guest John Moltz

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.

‘90 Minutes or Bust’, With Guest Ben Thompson

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.

‘Did You Ever Take a Photograph?’, With Guest Matthew Panzarino

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.

‘A Sack Full of Plucked Feathers’, With Guest John Moltz

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.

‘Tommy Got Made’, With Guest Jason Snell

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.

‘They Buy a Hole in the Wall’, With Guest Horace Dediu

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.

‘Schiller Did Not Have to Put Up With This Bullshit’, With Guest Guy English

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.

Live From WWDC 2015, With Special Guest Phil Schiller

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.

‘Everyone Needs a Jerk’, With Guest Mark Gurman

Prelude to WWDC 2015 episode, featuring special guest Mark Gurman. We cover anything and everything you’d want to know heading into WWDC.

‘He Was Sort of Anti-Golf’, With Guest Rene Ritchie

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.

‘The Move to Frisco’, With Guest Dan Frommer

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.

‘Workin’ in Pajamas’, With Guest David Sparks

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.

‘Sloppy on the Side’, With Guest Adam Lisagor

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.

‘I Touched Ron Johnson’, With Guest John Moltz

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.

‘Browser Pooped on the Wee-Wee Pad’, With Guest Joanna Stern

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).

‘Turd on the Front Porch’, With Guest Ben Thompson

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.

‘All of Us Assholes in Journalism’, With Guest Serenity Caldwell

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.

‘A Tube of Lubricant for Your Life’, With Guest Matthew Panzarino

Special guest Matthew Panzarino joins the show. After some brief chitchat on Meerkat and monocular vision, we get into the obvious topic this week: Apple’s “Spring Forward” media event in San Francisco. Sub-topics therein: ResearchKit; FaceTime and open standards; accessibility and Tim Cook’s refusal to measure the ROI of such things; Jeff Williams’s first on-stage appearance at an Apple keynote; Angela Ahrendts; the new single-port MacBook; San Francisco as the new keycap font on the MacBook keyboard; the Taptic trackpad; the timing of this event; and more.

Oh, and something called “Apple Watch”.

‘Retina Quality’, With Guest Paul Kafasis

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’m not attending next week’s Apple event in San Francisco.

‘12 Hours a Day’, With John Moltz

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.

‘Rats in the Lobby’, With Merlin Mann

Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about movies and shit.

‘How Many Keys?’, With MG Siegler

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.

‘Malaprops’, With Ben Thompson

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.

‘Now It’s All Floppy’, With Marco Arment

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.

‘Star Wars Holiday Spectacular’, With Guests John Siracusa and Guy English

A brief chat about the Star Wars movies, with special guests John Siracusa and Guy English.

‘George Lucas Called’, With Jason Snell

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.

‘2014 Year in Review’, With Rene Ritchie

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.

‘Robotitize the Assembly’, With Dan Frommer

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”.

‘Maybe You Don’t Take an Apprentice’, With Dave Wiskus

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.

‘Like a Butt Crack’, With Christa Mrgan

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.

‘People Are Gay All the Time’, With John Moltz

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.

‘The Smoker Channels’, With Merlin Mann

Very special guest Merlin Mann returns to the show to talk about Comcast customer service, cable-cutting, Marlins Man and his showboating-spectator predecessors, and the state of podcasting today. Also: daylight saving time and Roman numerals.

‘Far Less Eloquent as You’, With John Siracusa

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).

‘Copious Software Projects’, With Guy English

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.

‘The Edition Edition’, With Ben ‘Bengate’ Thompson

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.

‘Twenty-One Thousand Words’, With Rene Ritchie

What else? The iPhones 6, iOS 8, and last week’s special event at the Flint Center in Cupertino.

‘Very Few Outhouses Anymore’, With Jason Snell

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.

‘Toner-Perfect Design’, With Craig Hockenberry

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.

‘That New Laptop Smell’, With Joanna Stern

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.

‘BlackBerry Is Still Technically in Business’, With Dan Frommer

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).

‘Jamming More RAM in for Free’, With John Moltz

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.

‘Cat Pictures’, With Marco Arment: Side 1 / Side 2

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.

‘Free Alcoholic Beverages’, With Ben Thompson

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.

‘Diddling Your Feeds’, With Dave Wiskus

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.

‘Oh Man, Soccer’, With Paul Kafasis

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.

‘Doctoring the Ball’, With Guy English

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.

Live From WWDC 2014, With Marco Arment, Casey Liss, John Siracusa, and Scott Simpson

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.

‘We’re Allowed to Make Stuff Up; It’s a Podcast’, With Dan Frommer

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.

‘Bring Back Jerry Yang’, With John Moltz

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.