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2022 Annual Rickies

jbiatek 30th April 2024 at 2:10pm
Donation: $125 Donator: Federico Flexies winner: Myke Winner: Myke

▶️ Episodes

🥇 Regular Picks

HostPickScore
Stephen Regular "The 11" iPad Pro gets a mini LED display" 0
  • This was originally "WWDC 2022 will be virtual", but that was very close to last year's pick, which was within the 365 day limit. It was a borderline judgement, but ultimately they decided they didn't like the precedent.
Federico Regular "At least one AirPods model will support lossless music playback" 0
Myke Regular "Apple releases a new MacBook Air that comes with some colour options not previously available in this product line" 1
  • It got Midnight and Starlight.
  • This is the beginning of an increasingly musical accompaniment to Stephen's "correct" bell, to accommodate Zoom's echo cancellation.
Stephen Regular "The iPad's external display support goes unchanged" 0
  • Was originally "By December 31, 2022, no Intel Macs will remain on sale as new machines", but this was also too close for comfort, although arguably the previous pick was more permissive than this would have been.
  • Stage Manager in fact brought major changes.
Federico Regular "The next generation Apple Watch will have some kind of body temperature sensor" 1
Myke Regular "There will be no iPhone 14 with a 5.4" display" 1
  • AKA the iPhone mini.
  • 😭

⚠️ Risky Picks

HostPickScore
Stephen Risky "Apple (of its own choice, not in direct response to a legal case) will allow developers to use payment methods outside the App Store" -1
Federico Risky "iOS 16 brings major changes for systemwide design customization" -1
  • Also, "Apple will let users choose their own app icons, and they'll introduce new App Store categories for wallpaper and/or icon apps"
  • A reuse and double down of last year's Flexie.
Myke Risky "The new Mac Pro will be..." -1
  • "... smaller, not a cube shape, feature no support for the current MPX modules and/or will allow for some form of expandability outside of Thunderbolt. It will be only be available in one color."
  • Another "and/or" added to a pick, which happened a few times this episode. It applies to just the MPX modules and expandability clause.

🏆 Scores

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

💪 Flexie Picks

HostPickScore
Myke Flexie "Tim Cook says "metaverse"" 1
Myke Flexie "New AirPods Max" 0
  • Was originally "AirPods Max 2"
Myke Flexie "A headset will not be unveiled at WWDC" 1
Myke Flexie "An iMac Pro is unveiled" 0
Myke Flexie "iPadOS multitasking remains unchanged from iOS 15's implementation" 0
Stephen Flexie "iOS 16 will bring a more "bottom-of-the-screen-centric" design to at least 1 additional app" 1
  • Books as well as the Lock Screen were cited.
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces a new paid service" 1
Stephen Flexie "A new home-focused device is released" 0
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces a developer kit for its headset" 0
Stephen Flexie "A more powerful Mac Mini is announced, but it is not a "Mac Mini Pro"" 0
  • The Mac Studio is very close, but this pick was about the name and the Mac Studio, while very reminiscent of the Mini, is not named as such.
  • Just 2 weeks after the grading window closed, the M2 Pro Mac mini was announced.
Federico Flexie "Apple stops using the iTunes Store app, and moves store content into dedicated apps" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple brings Mail extensions to iOS and iPadOS" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple Notes will borrow some features from the modern generation of note-taking apps" 0
  • "...like wiki-style links, a quick switcher, or nested pages."
Federico Flexie "Some Mac-only Shortcuts actions will become available on iPhone and iPad" 0
Federico Flexie "There are new ways to turn off the alerts that Shortcuts displays constantly" 1
  • "Either confirmation banners or the notification when running with automation."
  • This came with iOS 16, and the Dynamic Island changed some of these interactions as well.
Federico Flexie "Podcasts will gain audio effects for enhanced sound and trim silence" 0
  • Originally was Federico's Risky Pick.
Federico Flexie "Apple adds more filters to smart folders in Notes" 1

💸 Flexie Scores

  1. Myke: 40.0% (2/5)
  2. Stephen: 40.0% (2/5)
  3. Federico: 28.6% (2/7)

Once again, going up against Myke in a coin flip is a daunting task indeed, which grants Myke a newly-upgraded title: Archduke of Flexington. Federico donates $125 to Crisis.

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