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2019 Media Event Predictions

jbiatek 25th October 2023 at 1:44pm
Winner: Myke

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The pick order was chosen randomly, but the results would go on to set the order for WWDC predictions, as announced in episode 234: a "qualifying round" using the rules of the annual predictions. That makes this the first of what we now call the Keynote Rickies.

🥇 Regular Picks

Federico Regular "Apple News service for magazines" 1
Myke Regular "Apple will announce a video streaming service" 1
  • "...which includes content from other providers, this will either be free content or paying for a subscription from within the app"
Stephen Regular "The video streaming service does not launch until at least May 1" 1
Federico Regular "Apple will also announce a service bundle to get multiple services for one integrated fee" 0
  • Ironically, this was deemed insufficiently risky to be a Risky Pick.
  • Federico was a year early on this pick, as Apple One was introduced in October 2020.
Myke Regular "Apple's original content will premiere after the service itself launches" 1
  • "non original content will come first, excluding existing programs"
Stephen Regular "Tim Cook interacts with a celebrity" 1

⚠️ Risky Picks

Federico Risky "Apple will mention at least one new feature coming to the HomePod" -1
Myke Risky "Apple announces a video game subscription service" 2
Stephen Risky "Apple TV app will receive a refreshed design" 2

🏆 Scores

  1. Myke: 4
  2. Stephen: 4
  3. Federico: 0

Stephen and Myke are tied, what to do? Federico wants to decide based on how risky he thinks their picks are, and that Myke should get the win. Myke would rather flip a coin.

Stephen proposes best of 3, Myke is heads. The results are heads, tails, heads, making Myke the winner.

Non-Graded Picks

Federico Non‑graded "Apple News will expand internationally" 1
  • It expanded to Canada in iOS 12.2, released the day of the keynote.
Federico Non‑graded "Apple TV box gets a price cut" 0
Federico Non‑graded "Apple gives a quick tour of improvements to next round of software updates" 0
Myke Non‑graded "The video streaming service will come to Roku and Fire TV products" 1
Myke Non‑graded "All the celebrities will come out at the end and take a picture together" 1
Stephen Non‑graded "Major publications noticeably absent from News+" 1

These were non-graded picks for bragging rights, and indeed weren't ever graded officially.