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2021 Annual Rickies

jbiatek12th October 2021 at 11:48am
Annual Games Game
Flexies winner: TBD Winner: TBD

The 2021 Annual Rickies Halftime Report is also available, with analysis of the state of the game halfway through the year.

▶️ Episodes

🥇 Regular Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Regular "Apple announces a new Mac Pro powered by Apple Silicon"
Stephen Regular "The iPad mini does receive the new design language"
  • "Originally, Stephen said it would not receive it", but the other hosts criticized him for his negativity.
Federico Regular "Apple launches at least one iPad model with a new display technology"
  • He initially picked mini LED specifically. And after further discussion it was agreed that this meant a new display technology for the iPad, so for example OLED would also count.
Myke Regular "iOS 15 gives users more home screen customization options"
  • Specifically not iPadOS 15.
Stephen Regular "No in-person WWDC 2021"
Federico Regular "Apple launches 'AirTags' accessories for tracking physical objects"
  • The name may be different.

⚠️ Risky Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Risky "A Mac gets a screen that supports touch and/or Apple Pencil input"
  • Myke was torn between this and "iPad multitasking is overhauled again", but elected to make the more passionate pick.
Stephen Risky "Apple has Apple Silicon versions of all of its Intel Macs on sale by the end of 2021"
  • "No Intel Macs are available for sale without an Apple Silicon counterpart." Myke points out the iMac Pro as a potential spoiler.
  • (For pick complexity purposes, I'm counting this as 1 condition for each Mac line that still had no Apple Silicon counterpart at the beginning of 2021: The larger MacBook Pros, the iMac in both sizes, the iMac Pro, and the Mac Pro. The Mac mini is 1 line with a high end and low end, so it already had an "Apple Silicon counterpart" although the high end Mac mini was still Intel.)
Federico Risky "Apple will release a new programming app for iPad"
  • Federico asks to be quoted as "very very positive" that he will win on the strength of this Ricky Pick.
  • Not Swift Playgrounds, that is not new.
  • This was deemed not a reuse of a previous pick since it is even riskier and more specific.

💪 Flexie Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Flexie "Another variant of over-ear headphones will be released"
Myke Flexie "Apple releases a weather API"
Myke Flexie "New Apple TV released"
Myke Flexie "iPad multitasking is overhauled again"
Myke Flexie "A new iMac has adjustability that is reminiscent of the Pro Display XDR"
Federico Flexie "Apple releases its own game controller"
Federico Flexie "iOS gets a native feature to change icons for any app you want"
Federico Flexie "Apple releases a bigger iPad Pro"
Federico Flexie "At least one new iPhone model has both Face ID and Touch ID"
Federico Flexie "WidgetKit will support new widget sizes and more interactivity"
Stephen Flexie "Apple puts a cheaper display on sale as a sibling to the XDR"
Stephen Flexie "There will be a chip named M1 followed by a letter"
Stephen Flexie "The new iPhone will be the 12S, not the 13"
Stephen Flexie "Apple ships an AR, VR, and/or MR dedicated device"
Stephen Flexie "No Mac gets a cellular data option"
Stephen Flexie "The iPod Touch will be cancelled"
  • The other hosts question the word "cancelled" here.