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2021 September Rickies

 5th June 2024 at 11:31pm
Donation: $75 Donator: Myke Flexies winner: Federico Winner: Myke

▶️ Episodes

🥇 Regular Picks

Myke Regular "At least one iPhone gets a 120 hz refresh rate display" 1
  • This was nearly a reuse of a previous pick before the live chat caught it. The fix was to specify an exact refresh rate to make it more specific.
Federico Regular "There will be a setting to disable the higher refresh rate in at least one of the new iPhones" 1
  • Was originally just a pick about a new, as-yet-unannounced iOS 15 feature, but the hosts suspected that was another reuse.
  • In retrospect, this was a tricky pick to grade because how would we know the day after the event? Federico provides some insider information indicating that the setting does exist, but can it be said to have "come true", as the rule states, without proof? The meaning of truth itself is debated, perhaps a philosophical high point for the Rickies. The point is ultimately granted, with the understanding that in the future, the rules will be amended to clarify that picks must be publicly verifiable to earn points.
Stephen Regular "The Pro iPhone gets a new camera feature the regular iPhone doesn't get" 1
Myke Regular "The new Apple Silicon MacBook Pro will not be announced at this event" 1
  • This was originally going to be "No Macs", but at this point everyone was on the lookout for reused picks and this one has come up a few times.
Federico Regular "The new iPhones keep the same screen sizes as last year" 1
Stephen Regular "The Apple Watch SE gets a price cut" 0

⚠️ Risky Picks

Myke Risky "An iPhone gets an always-on display with a UI element that is reminiscent of Apple Watch complications" -1
Federico Risky "An iPhone gets an updated Face ID sensor that supports partially occluded faces" -1
  • Cannot be a feature that comes to existing iPhones
  • This feature did come in 2022, but didn't require new hardware.
Stephen Risky "MagSafe is updated to support 20 watt charging or higher, but a new puck is required" -1
  • This was originally just "faster charging", but the live chat pointed out a recent FCC filing by Apple which undercut the riskiness of the pick. Stephen added a specific wattage target and also had to decide whether the existing MagSafe puck will support the higher wattage.

🏆 Scores

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

Myke wins the coin flip for first place, preserving his dual Chairmanship and his streak of coin flip wins, but was there something unusual about that voice? Hmm...

💪 Flexie Picks

Myke Flexie "A new iPad mini is introduced with a refreshed design, new colours previously not a part of the product, USB-C, Smart Connector, and 5G support" 0
  • Originally a Risky Pick.
  • This was very close to coming true, but it was missing a Smart Connector.
Myke Flexie "There is a ceramic Apple Watch" 0
Myke Flexie "The new iPhone colour will be a new version of a colour they've already used" 1
  • e.g. a new shade of blue, green, gold, black, etc.
Myke Flexie "New Apple Watch is not a part of the presentation" 0
Myke Flexie "Release date for iOS 15 is announced and it's later than 24 hours away" 1
Stephen Flexie "The iPhone Pro comes in 5 colors/finishes, not the traditional 4" 0
  • This unexpectedly came true in spring 2022, when Apple added a new green color to the Pro line.
Stephen Flexie "The Apple Watch moves to 5G networking" 0
Stephen Flexie "A new AirPods product is announced" 0
  • This pick was one event early, as the third generation of AirPods came in October.
Stephen Flexie "Apple TV+ content is featured in the keynote" 1
Stephen Flexie "No specific preorder date is set for the Apple Watch" 1
Federico Flexie "iOS 15 releases the following week to the public" 1
  • In other words, the week of Monday September 20th.
Federico Flexie "The 9th generation iPad is introduced with a USB-C connector" 0
Federico Flexie "No date is provided for macOS Monterey" 1
Federico Flexie "New AirPods announced with a MagSafe compatible case" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple will announce at least 1 new feature that will be coming later in the iOS 15 cycle" 1
  • ProRes video recording on the iPhone 13 Pro models will be coming "later this fall".

💸 Flexie Scores

  1. Federico: 60.0% (3/5)
  2. Stephen: 40.0% (2/5)
  3. Myke: 40.0% (2/5)

Federico decides that he is "Prince Flexie", either due to his high donation total or his Flexie prowess.

Myke finally tastes defeat in coin flips, and donates $75 to, of course, St. Jude. James Thomson's tricky insertion of Jason Snell into the Relay coin flipper is finally discovered (deviously, this mode only turns on during Connected's typical recording time). As punishment, Jason and James are ordered to donate to St. Jude as well, and James is also banned from flipping coins.

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