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2023 September Rickies

 25th October 2023 at 1:44pm
Donation: $125 Donator: Stephen Flexies winner: Federico Winner: Stephen

▶️ Episodes

🥇 Regular Picks

HostPickScore
Stephen Regular "At least 1 new iPhone ships with USB-C" 1
Federico Regular "The Pro iPhones will use titanium instead of stainless steel for the chassis" 1
Myke Regular "At least 1 iPhone gets a camera with a more than 3x zoom" 1
  • Was "telephoto lens" specifically before Myke reconsidered
Stephen Regular "The two Pro phones will have different camera features" 1
  • It is agreed not to quibble too much about the name "Pro" if there ends up being something like an Ultra phone.
Federico Regular "At least 1 of the new iPhones will have a customizable "action" button instead of a traditional mute switch" 1
  • Again, the name doesn't have to be exactly right, it's the concept.
Myke Regular "At least 1 iPhone gets a 3 nm processor" 1

⚠️ Risky Picks

HostPickScore
Stephen Risky "Apple announces a multi-device charger that looks a lot like AirPower, without designated charging targets" -1
  • Stephen came to the table with two picks: "Apple announces a multi-device charger that looks a lot like AirPower" and "The 15 Pro Max weighs within 10% of the 14 Pro Max's weight". Myke believed that a 10% margin on either side is too wide to be risky and also that the AirPower one is just a better risky pick with less math. Once it's settled to go with the AirPower one, Federico asks to clarify "looks like" and the pick is modified to specify a lack of charging targets.
Federico Risky "At least one of the new iPhones will support the new Qi 2 wireless charging standard..." -1
  • "... and "reverse wireless charging" for AirPods cases. MagSafe charging speed will also be raised from 15 watts."
  • Originally didn't include the last sentence.
  • The previous rumors of reverse wireless charging didn't disqualify this pick since it's in combination with Qi 2 as well. It's pointed out that Qi 2 is basically just standardized MagSafe as well, but it's still allowed as they'll have to be specific about Qi 2 to count it. Stephen still thinks it lacks passion. Later, Federico sprinkled some passion on it after all by adding a charging wattage increase after all.
Myke Risky "Apple calls the new camera the "Magic Telephoto"" -1
  • Myke thinks that "periscope" is a bad name for regular people and so Apple will pick something else, and to make it risky, he has made a specific guess at the branding. He also considered "Ultra Telephoto".

🏆 Scores

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

It's another 3 way tie, for just the third time ever but the second time in as many games, and this time Stephen takes the win alone and Myke avoids Loser status.

💪 Flexie Picks

HostPickScore
Federico Flexie "Some of the new iPhones will be more expensive in some European countries" 0
  • In fact the opposite happened, surprisingly.
Federico Flexie "A new AirPods case with USB-C is unveiled" 1
Federico Flexie "iOS 17 gets released on the week of September 18" 1
Federico Flexie "Apple won't release any new leather accessories as part of the event announcements (including cases and watch bands)" 1
Federico Flexie "iPhone 15 gets slower-speed USB-C transfers compared to the Pro models" 1
  • "Compared to the Pro models" was added for clarity.
Stephen Flexie "Some iPhones will come with color-matched cables" 0
Stephen Flexie "Apple Watch SE is not updated, but receives a price cut" 0
  • "Currently $249/$299 for GPS, $279/$329 for cellular"
Stephen Flexie "Apple Watch Ultra 2 comes in at least 1 new finish" 0
Stephen Flexie "Apple replaces its leather iPhone cases with a new product" 1
Stephen Flexie "iPhone Pro models will be equipped with Thunderbolt, but will come with a USB-C cable in the box, requiring a separate purchase of a Thunderbolt cable" 0
Stephen Flexie "iPhone 15 and 15 Plus get an always-on display" 0
Stephen Flexie "By the time we grade these picks, our St Jude fundraiser will be over $250,000" 1
  • Stephen once again pushes the boundary of acceptable Flexie topics, possibly opening a Pandora's box for the already-chaotic game.
Stephen Flexie "The iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra weighs within 10% of the iPhone 14 Pro Max's weight" 1
  • "The new phone will need to be between 228g - 264g, as the 14 Pro Max weighs 240g" was what was written down, but those numbers are off (there was some shuffling between 5% and 10% when debating this as a Risky pick). Ultimately it did end up being within 10%.
Myke Flexie "New Apple Watch Ultra band style" 0
Myke Flexie "The Pro Max becomes the Ultra" 0
Myke Flexie "Apple says they've formulated a new kind of titanium that has special properties" 1
  • Apple certainly touted the properties of the titanium, but it may not have been new. Nevertheless, it's graded as correct and not delved into too deeply, and wouldn't have changed the results either way.
Myke Flexie "Apple debuts a new style of charging accessory for the iPhone" 0
Myke Flexie "Apple announces new AirPods Max, featuring USB-C and made of titanium" 0
Myke Flexie "Dynamic Island on all new iPhones" 1
Myke Flexie "The David Guetta song doesn't play" 1
Federico Flexie "The David Guetta song plays either before or during the event" 0
  • In response to Myke's more negative pick. This possibly falls slightly afoul of the scoring window rules as it includes things before the event but is allowed, with a rule update to be implemented later.

💸 Flexie Scores

  1. Federico: 66.7% (4/6)
  2. Myke: 42.9% (3/7)
  3. Stephen: 37.5% (3/8)

Stephen originally miscalculated donation to St. Jude, but worry not, he did donate the remaining $25 on air after the show ended.