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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

Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The 11" iPad Pro gets a mini LED display"
  • 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.
Stephen Regular "The iPad's external display support goes unchanged"
  • 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.
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"
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "Apple shows off at least one iOS 16 feature that we haven’t seen before" 1
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 Risky "iOS gets split-view support for multitasking to use 2 apps at once (reuse)" -1

Myke's Forbidden Picks

Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple releases a new MacBook Air that comes with some colour options not previously available in this product line"
Myke Regular "There will be no iPhone 14 with a 5.4" display"
  • AKA the iPhone mini.
Myke Risky "The new Mac Pro will be..."
  • "... 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.
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Myke Regular "At least one iPhone will have the notch removed, replaced by a cut-out(s) for the camera and sensors, free-floating from the border" 1
  • Or, as Stephen so poetically put it, "AKA an island of black glass in an ocean of pixels." Little did he know that Apple would actually call it "the Dynamic Island".
Myke Regular "At least one iPhone gets an upgraded main camera" 1
Myke Risky "AirPods Max 2 can be folded to store more compactly" -1
  • Myke doesn't seem to have much confidence in this risky pick, but his other choices were shot down as insufficiently risky in negotiations.

Federico's Forbidden Picks

Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Regular "At least one AirPods model will support lossless music playback"
Federico Regular "The next generation Apple Watch will have some kind of body temperature sensor"
Federico Risky "iOS 16 brings major changes for systemwide design customization"
  • 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.
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Federico Regular "At least one of the next 'Pro' iPhones will have an always-on display" 1
Federico Regular "There won't be a mini iPhone in the iPhone 14 family" 1
Federico Risky "The iPhone 14 Pro Camera app introduces some kind of 3D capturing functionality" -1