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2021 Annual Rickies

jbiatek22nd November 2022 at 10:43am
Donation: $125 Donator: Federico Flexies winner: Myke Winner: Stephen

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" 0
Stephen Regular "The iPad mini does receive the new design language" 1
  • "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" 1
  • 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" 1
  • Specifically not iPadOS 15.
  • This was granted but the customization options were not extensive, just turning on and off home screens, both manually and with focus modes.
Stephen Regular "No in-person WWDC 2021" 1
Federico Regular "Apple launches 'AirTags' accessories for tracking physical objects" 1
  • The name was allowed to be different, but Federico nailed it.

⚠️ Risky Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Risky "A Mac gets a screen that supports touch and/or Apple Pencil input" -1
Stephen Risky "Apple has Apple Silicon versions of all of its Intel Macs on sale by the end of 2021" -1
  • "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.)
  • The iMac Pro left the lineup entirely, but the Mac Pro remained on Intel by the end of the year.
Federico Risky "Apple will release a new programming app for iPad" -1
  • 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. As it turns out, they added this functionality to Swift Playgrounds.
  • This was deemed not a reuse of a previous pick since it is even riskier and more specific.

🏆 Scores

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

Stephen wins the coin flip for first place and his first solo Annual win. Federico protests the coin flip briefly, as it turns out to be emblazoned with the logo of the devious Triple J.

💪 Flexie Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Flexie "Another variant of over-ear headphones will be released" 0
  • Technically Apple wasn't specified, but of course that wasn't the intent.
Myke Flexie "Apple releases a weather API" 0
  • The revamped weather API was announced at WWDC in 2022.
Myke Flexie "New Apple TV released" 1
Myke Flexie "iPad multitasking is overhauled again" 1
Myke Flexie "A new iMac has adjustability that is reminiscent of the Pro Display XDR" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple releases its own game controller" 0
Federico Flexie "iOS gets a native feature to change icons for any app you want" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple releases a bigger iPad Pro" 0
Federico Flexie "At least one new iPhone model has both Face ID and Touch ID" 0
Federico Flexie "WidgetKit will support new widget sizes and more interactivity" 0
  • The boolean operator "and" ends up taking this pick down.
Stephen Flexie "Apple puts a cheaper display on sale as a sibling to the XDR" 0
Stephen Flexie "There will be a chip named M1 followed by a letter" 0
Stephen Flexie "The new iPhone will be the 12S, not the 13" 0
Stephen Flexie "Apple ships an AR, VR, and/or MR dedicated device" 0
Stephen Flexie "No Mac gets a cellular data option" 1
Stephen Flexie "The iPod Touch will be cancelled" 0

💸 Flexie Scores

  1. Myke: 40.0% (2/5)
  2. Stephen: 16.7% (1/6)
  3. Federico: 0.0% (0/5)

Federico rounds up the conversion to pounds to a flat £100, donated to Shelter.