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 1st May 2024 at 9:57am

Stephen's Buzzkill Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "The iPhone 7S and 7S+ will look like the 7 and 7+, not this edge to edge unicorn phone that has been rumored" 1
  • This was deemed correct during grading, allowing for the "7S" actually being named the 8.
  • During grading, Myke wondered if Stephen had been thinking that there would be a phone with the traditional design, or if he was thinking that there would be no "unicorn" phone at all. Of course, it is impossible to read his mind, but in the original pick, Stephen seems to imply that it will just be the "7S".
Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "No new iPad mini" 1
  • "(if it's killed, I'm not wrong)"
Type2018 iPhone Event PredictionsScore
Stephen Non‑graded "No iPads, iPhone and Apple Watch only" 1
Stephen Non‑graded "No Macs" 1
Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "The MacBook Escape will go away" 1
Type2019 Media Event PredictionsScore
Stephen Non‑graded "Major publications noticeably absent from News+" 1
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "No Mac or iPad hardware in the keynote" 0
  • 10.2" iPad was announced
Stephen Risky "No service bundle announced" 2
  • "including any service being free with another, or some sort of content being added to the iPhone upgrade program"
  • Apple TV+ was announced as a free trial, but not as a bundle. And it doesn't really come with the upgrade program as such. Stephen threads the needle with this pick.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Non‑graded "WWDC brings no real changes to Mac Catalyst" 0
Stephen Non‑graded "Apple will not ship an ARM Mac in 2020" 0
  • In 2019, Stephen picked the first ARM Mac to be shipped, so this was his... revenge?
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Stephen Non‑graded "No Apple Services bundle announced" 1
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Apple will not unveil additional details about the release of the first Apple Silicon Macs" 1
  • Myke challenged Stephen to make this a sixth Flexie in the discussion of his previous pick.
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "ProMotion does not come to new iPhones" 1
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "No new Mac announced will have a touchscreen" 1
Stephen Flexie "No mention of cellular Macs" 1
Stephen Flexie "The 12" MacBook does not return" 1
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "No Mac gets a cellular data option" 1
Stephen Flexie "The iPod Touch will be cancelled" 0
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "The iPod Touch is taken down from sale in the wake of the event" 0
Stephen Flexie "No mention of AirTags" 0
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "No word on an Apple Silicon Mac Pro" 1
  • Stephen originally had a Risky Pick stating that we'd get a release date, but did a complete reversal because of late breaking rumors
Stephen Flexie "No new Mac notebooks are announced" 1
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The Pro iPhone gets a new camera feature the regular iPhone doesn't get" 1
Type2021 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "MacBook Pro colors don't include anything radically new for the line" 1
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
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.
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "The Intel Mac mini is removed from sale" 0
Stephen Flexie "No preview of an Apple Silicon Mac Pro" 1
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The Apple Watch SE, announced in 2020, moves down in price with no feature changes" 0
  • Not graded: Series 7 or SE 2 takes the middle price point where the SE is now
Stephen Flexie "The iPhone 14 entry's price is the same or higher than the 13 mini's price of $699" 1
Stephen Flexie "Apple mentions at least 1 feature "coming later"" 1
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Apple Watch SE is not updated, but receives a price cut" 0
  • "Currently $249/$299 for GPS, $279/$329 for cellular"
Type2023 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "The Mac mini is not updated" 1
Stephen Flexie "The iPad isn't even mentioned" 1
Type2024 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "There will be no second-generation Vision Pro announced in 2024"
Type2024 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "There is no new hardware announced or released" 1
  • Was just "announced" but Stephen actually made it riskier to better fit his intent with the pick.
  • An announcement about Vision Pro in more countries doesn't make this wrong.
Stephen Flexie "Some AI features on the Mac require an M2 or later" 0

Myke's Buzzkill Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "2017 will see a more powerful iMac at the top of the line that rivals and replaces the Mac Pro" 0.5
  • "The Mac Pro will go away, the Mac Mini also goes away, by the end of 2017 the iMac is all that remains."
  • While explaining, Myke got a little carried away with how complete this transition would be, but when challenged to make it part of the pick, he decided to go for it.
Type2018 iPhone Event PredictionsScore
Myke Non‑graded "Nothing about the Mac" 1
  • The mention of Mojave's release is deemed insufficient to make this wrong.
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Myke Non‑graded "The Mac is not mentioned" 1
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "No new Macs announced" 1
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "New Macs follow current design trends, no large scale redesign" 1
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Regular "No preview of AR/VR/MR-focused hardware" 1
Type2021 September RickiesScore
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.
Myke Flexie "New Apple Watch is not a part of the presentation" 0
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Regular "There will be no iPhone 14 with a 5.4" display" 1
  • AKA the iPhone mini.
  • 😭
Myke Flexie "A headset will not be unveiled at WWDC" 1
Myke Flexie "iPadOS multitasking remains unchanged from iOS 15's implementation" 0
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "No iMac Pro or bigger iMac" 1
Myke Flexie "No Mac gets 5G" 1
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Regular "No Apple-made headset is seen" 1
  • Was originally "AR/VR/MR hardware" and "introduced", but the others wanted some clarifications.
Myke Flexie "There is no additional external display support for iPadOS" 0
Myke Flexie "iPadOS multitasking remains fundamentally the same as the iPadOS 15 version" 0
Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "There is no iPad bigger than 12.9 inches" 1
Type2023 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "No Mac Pro teaser video" 1
Myke Flexie "tvOS is not covered in the keynote" 0
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "The David Guetta song doesn't play" 1
Type2023 October RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "We do not get new AirPods Max, even though I want them" 1
Type2024 May RickiesScore
Myke Regular "The iPad Pro has a higher starting price for both models" 1
  • The old models started at $799 and $1099.
  • New prices: $999 and $1299, so definitely yes. (To be fair, you also get more storage for that price.)
Myke Flexie "iPad Pro does not get an M4" 0

Federico's Buzzkill Picks

Type2020 October RickiesScore
Federico Regular "One of the new iPhones will not have the USB charger in the box" 1
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "No date is provided for macOS Monterey" 1
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "No preview of an AR headset" 1
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Federico Regular "There won't be a mini iPhone in the iPhone 14 family" 1
Federico Flexie "Bands for the new Apple Watch "Pro" are not backward compatible with other Apple Watches" 0
Federico Flexie "We do not see AirPods Max 2" 1
Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Regular "There will not be an iPhone 15 mini" 1
  • 😭
Federico Flexie "There is no second generation Apple Watch Ultra this year" 0
Type2023 September RickiesScore
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.
Type2023 October RickiesScore
Federico Regular "The MacBook Air is not updated at this event" 1
Federico Regular "The visual design of the 14" and 16" MacBook Pro is unchanged" 1
  • The word "visual" was added, but it's agreed that we'll know it when we see it.
Type2024 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Vision Pro will not be available in Italy in 2024"
Type2024 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Some AI features will be region-locked" 0
Federico Flexie "Some new iOS 18 features will be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro line" 1
  • Was originally just "iPhone 15 line" but it was pointed out that the plain 15 phones have the same processor as the 14 Pro.
Federico Flexie "Apple shows off the ability for Siri to control apps, but it's not launching this year" 1