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11th September 2021 at 9:50am

Stephen's Services Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "iCloud free 5 GB limit will be increased" 0
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.
Type2019 Media Event PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "The video streaming service does not launch until at least May 1" 1
Stephen Non‑graded "Major publications noticeably absent from News+" 1
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Stephen Non‑graded "iCloud family photo sharing" 0
  • Finally got added in 2022 at WWDC.
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
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 Regular "Apple will launch its own podcast content beyond its existing deal with Oprah" 1
Stephen Risky "Apple Podcast app launches on Android" -1
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Stephen Non‑graded "No Apple Services bundle announced" 1
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Preview of fall Apple TV+ content" 0
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces something with podcasts" 1
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
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"
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces a new paid service"
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Stephen Risky "Apple announces an update to AirPods Max, that support wireless lossless playback, to take full advantage of Apple's new classical music service" -1
  • Working with Apple Classical is part of the pick, meaning that if Classical is not introduced it will be incorrect.
  • This was edited to be any AirPods, but then Stephen went back to the more passionate original pick.
  • Not a reuse of the infamous DAC pick, but in a similar vein.
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Apple's classical music service is announced" 0

Myke's Services Picks

Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "Apple will launch a subscription service featuring original video content" 1
Myke Risky "Apple releases an iPhone subscription service that bundles a device, AppleCare, and a selection of other Apple content services into one monthly payment" -1
  • "(Not just additional iCloud space)"
  • The free AppleTV+ trial with new devices combined with an iPhone Upgrade Program purchase is deemed to not count during grading.
Type2019 Media Event PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "Apple will announce a video streaming service" 1
  • "...which includes content from other providers, this will either be free content or paying for a subscription from within the app"
Myke Regular "Apple's original content will premiere after the service itself launches" 1
  • "non original content will come first, excluding existing programs"
Myke Risky "Apple announces a video game subscription service" 2
Myke Non‑graded "The video streaming service will come to Roku and Fire TV products" 1
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "Apple will mention Apple Arcade during the keynote" 1
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.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Non‑graded "Apple will announce a new services bundle" 1
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple gives another extended free period of TV+ with new product purchases, even if you already had a trial" 0
  • The pick went through a little more revision after round 2 ended.
  • Apple extended the existing free period for TV+, which does not count
  • Myke notes that, since this extension was announced via press release before the event, a differently-worded pick may have been ambiguous based on the rules at the time, so an explicit rule about the scoring window is added.
Myke Flexie "Apple TV+ trailers are shown" 0
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.
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple's classical music service is unveiled" 0

Federico's Services 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.
Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "A streaming service announced as Apple Video" 0
  • "1-2 months for free, bundled with Apple Music as an option"
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 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "There will be a new Apple news subscription service for content from select publications" 1
Type2019 Media Event PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "Apple News service for magazines" 1
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" 1
  • It expanded to Canada in iOS 12.2, released the day of the keynote.
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 Summer RickiesScore
Federico Regular "New iMessage features, including the ability to retract sent messages" 0
  • Message retraction arrived in 2022 at WWDC.
Federico Non‑graded "One major video game developer will bring an exclusive title to Apple Arcade" 0
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple launches a new subscription service for virtual fitness classes" 1
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple launches a new HD tier for Apple Music" 0
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple updates the Listen Now page of the Music app" 1
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple stops using the iTunes Store app, and moves store content into dedicated apps"
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "The Music app gets an updated design in the Listen Now page" 0