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2020 Annual Rickies

12th October 2021 at 11:48am
Annual Games Game
Winner: Myke

▶️ Episodes

🥇 Regular Picks

HostPickScore
Federico Regular "Apple will name a successor to Steve Dowling, former head of public relations at Apple" 0
  • "Either named by Apple officially, or reported by more than one outlet that a person has been appointed."
  • Clearly in no hurry to do this, Apple finally hired Stella Low to the role in 2021.
Myke Regular "The 2020 iPhone line will feature at least one 5G phone" 1
  • "Stephen is highly skeptical," Stephen jokingly predicts it will be called "iPhone 11S Pro Max 5G"
  • Before the prediction episode has even finished, news breaks that 5G service is coming to Stephen's own neighborhood.
Stephen Regular "The 13 inch MacBook Pro will gain a larger screen" 0
  • The long-rumored 14" model finally came out in 2021.
Federico Regular "At least one of the 2020 iPhones will have a higher refresh rate display (Pro Motion)" 0
  • This feature did show up in the iPhone 13 line.
Myke Regular "The iPad Pro line is updated before the iPhone with a hardware feature that's not on any current iPhone in 2019 or 2020" 1
  • Myke says during grading that he originally expected 5G to get him this point but LIDAR did instead, but he actually focused on LIDAR when originally explaining this pick. (During the grading, Federico delivers his impromptu review of the 2020 iPad Pro.)
Stephen Regular "Apple will launch its own podcast content beyond its existing deal with Oprah" 1

⚠️ Risky Picks

HostPickScore
Federico Risky "Apple will release at least 1 new pro app for iPad that we haven't previously seen on iPad" -1
  • "(The app can be universal.)"
Myke Risky "The notch on the iPhone will get physically smaller in at least one of the 2020 iPhones" 2
  • Grading for this was tricky, but Stephen discovered that the Apple Accessory Design Guidelines indicate that the notch got very slightly smaller, by millimeters, mostly due to the switch from LCD to OLED in the iPhone 12. The consensus is that it's a technical victory but not an honorable one.
Stephen Risky "Apple Podcast app launches on Android" -1

🏆 Scores

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

Non-Graded Picks

HostPickScore
Federico Non‑graded "Shortcuts will gain folders and/or new ways to run Shortcuts" 1
Myke Non‑graded "Apple will announce a new services bundle" 1
Stephen Non‑graded "WWDC brings no real changes to Mac Catalyst" 0
Federico Non‑graded "The iPad home screen will continue to change with new elements and additions" 0
Myke Non‑graded "Apple will introduce a new iMac design with an accompanying external display" 0
Stephen Non‑graded "Apple will not ship an ARM Mac in 2020" 0
  • In 2019, Stephen picked the first ARM Mac to be shipped, so this was his... revenge?

Stephen coins "The Flexies" in the 2020 prediction episode.

In the year between making the picks and grading them, the Flexies became a game of their own with money on the line, but the new Flexie rules were not applied retroactively to this year's Flexie picks. "That would just be silly" and "We're not savages", after all. As a result, these Flexies are just two rounds of predictions for bragging rights.