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Ineligible Picks

 26th August 2022 at 9:36am

Each host is currently forbidden from reusing the specified picks in any upcoming Keynote Games. They also cannot use the Annual picks in the next Annual Games. Each list is specific to each host, so while Stephen may not reuse from his own list, Federico could reuse a pick from Stephen's list.

Stephen's Forbidden Picks

Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "WWDC 2023 follows the same format as WWDC 2022, with a small number of people invited in person"
  • No convention center, no ticket lottery, just like in 2022.
Stephen Regular "No Intel Macs are left on sale (as new) at the end of 2023"
  • "Does not include the refurbished or educational stores." Or, in other words, the Intel Mac Minis and Mac Pro are not sold as new anymore (and of course they don't introduce a new Intel Mac).
Stephen Risky "Apple releases an iPad Pro with a screen between 15.0 and 15.9999 inches which replaces the 11-inch model"
  • Was originally just "15 inch" but a specific range was requested after Federico's pick was read.
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "At least 1 new iPhone ships with USB-C" 1
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.
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.

Myke's Forbidden Picks

Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple releases a larger MacBook Air"
Myke Regular "An iPhone gets USB-C"
  • Seems inevitable but it might be a bit ahead of its time.
  • Ungraded: might just be the Pro phones, to advertise the improved transfer speeds.
Myke Risky "Apple shows off their headset in March, they announce developer tools at WWDC, then show it off again at an event in September. It ships to customers in October"
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Myke Regular "At least 1 iPhone gets a camera with a more than 3x zoom" 1
  • Was "telephoto lens" specifically before Myke reconsidered
Myke Regular "At least 1 iPhone gets a 3 nm processor" 1
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".

Federico's Forbidden Picks

Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Regular "Apple releases a new Mac mini"
  • Ungraded: Probably the same design but with an M2 chip. More Thunderbolt ports would be nice.
Federico Regular "There will not be an iPhone 15 mini"
Federico Risky "Apple will release its biggest iPad ever with a display of at least 16 inches..."
  • "... It won't be OLED, it'll have the front-facing camera on the landscape side, and two USB-C ports at least. It'll be called iPad Studio."
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Federico Regular "The Pro iPhones will use titanium instead of stainless steel for the chassis" 1
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.
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.