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Ahead of Its Time

11th September 2021 at 9:50am

Stephen's Ahead of Its Time Picks

Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Risky "iTunes rewrite or replacement for Mac OS" -1
  • iTunes was eventually split up in 2019.
Stephen Non‑graded "AppKit and UIKit give birth to something new and cross-platform" 0
  • SwiftUI was announced in 2019.
Stephen Non‑graded "iPod Touch updated" 0
  • The 7th generation update finally came in 2019.
TypeAudio PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "Better incorporation of Apple News into the audio ecosystem" 0
  • For example, asking Siri for the news on a HomePod
  • This did eventually happen, but in 2020.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The 13 inch MacBook Pro will gain a larger screen" 0
  • The long-rumored 14" model finally came out in 2021.
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Stephen Risky "The iPad mini will be updated with a new design inspired by the iPad Pro's design" -1
  • Stephen was exactly one year too early, as this would finally come true in 2021.
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces Windows for ARM coming via virtualization in the future" 0
  • Parallels was updated to do this by 2021, but it wasn't announced at this event.
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "A new iPad comes in a new color for its line" 0
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "A new AirPods product is announced" 0
  • This pick was one event early, as the third generation of AirPods came in October.

Myke's Ahead of Its Time Picks

Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "Apple Watch with an always-on display" 0
  • The Series 5 watch added this feature in 2019.
Myke Non‑graded "On iOS 12, the home screen features more than just app icons" 0
  • WIdgets would finally be added to the home screen in iOS 14.
TypeAudio PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "The next HomePod is a mini HomePod" 0
  • True, but too late. The HomePod mini wasn't released until 2020.
Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Non‑graded "Over-ear headphones (i.e. HeadPods)" 0
  • Myke was a year off, as AirPods Max came out at the end of 2020.
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Myke Non‑graded "Apple TV+ will be free with another subscription" 0
  • Apple One, which includes Apple TV+, launched a year later.
Myke Non‑graded "Some surprise hardware, like a Tile tracker" 0
  • Apple's tracker would eventually come out in 2021.
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "Details of a new iPad mini" 0
  • Also one year too early.
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "New MagSafe charging case for existing AirPods" 0
  • MagSafe came to the AirPods line the next year.
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Risky "Apple makes changes to the rules on in-app purchases, removing restrictions on linking to external websites for account creation, etc." -1
  • This came later in the year as a result of an antitrust settlement with Japan.

Federico's Ahead of Its Time Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "Apple Music will be redesigned again" 0
  • "Will gain more Spotify-like algorithmic features"
  • "An Apple version of the Daily Mix and a way to discover back catalog songs from artists you don't know (Discover Weekly?)"
  • The New Music Daily feature would eventually come in 2019.
Federico Non‑graded "iOS 10.3 with a redesigned split screen revealing the home screen and the app switcher instead of the vertical slider we have now" 0
Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Non‑graded "Reminders will get a major redesign modeled after iOS 11 and Files" 0
  • "With new family sharing features and integration with the HomePod."
  • The redesign of Reminders did come eventually in 2020, with many more new features in 2021.
Federico Non‑graded "A new smart keyboard: new material, backlit keys, a dedicated Siri key" 0
  • Apple's Magic Keyboard basically matching this description came out in 2020.
Federico Non‑graded "Apple Video and Apple Music have dedicated apps for Mac and iOS" 0
  • "Music and Video removed from iTunes on the Mac"
  • iTunes was eventually split up in 2019.
Type2019 Media Event PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "Apple will also announce a service bundle to get multiple services for one integrated fee" 0
  • Ironically, this was deemed insufficiently risky to be a Risky Pick.
  • Federico was a year early on this pick, as Apple One was introduced in October 2020.
Federico Non‑graded "Apple News will expand internationally" 0
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Federico Non‑graded "Apple announces original podcast content" 0
  • In 2020, Apple did come out with Apple News Today, and has since introduced other shows as well.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Regular "Apple will name a successor to Steve Dowling, former head of public relations at Apple" 0
  • "Either named by Apple officially, or reported by more than one outlet that a person has been appointed."
  • Clearly in no hurry to do this, Apple finally hired Stella Low to the role in 2021.
Federico Regular "At least one of the 2020 iPhones will have a higher refresh rate display (Pro Motion)" 0
  • This feature did show up in the iPhone 13 line.
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Federico Non‑graded "One major video game developer will bring an exclusive title to Apple Arcade" 0
  • While they didn't do it at this event, Apple has continued to add games to Arcade.
Federico Non‑graded "watchOS 7 will feature mental health features" 0
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple launches a new HD tier for Apple Music" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple launches an AR navigation mode for Apple Maps" 0
  • A year too early, this was a feature in iOS 15.
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Federico Risky "Big Sur on the new Apple Silicon Macs comes with a low power mode feature" -1
  • This was a feature in Monterey the next year.
Federico Flexie "At least one of the Apple Silicon Macs has a Pro Motion display" 0
  • Was originally a Risky Pick.
  • ProMotion came to the Mac the next year with the MacBook Pro line.
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "New AirPods announced with a MagSafe compatible case" 0