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 31st December 2022 at 4:03pm

Stephen's iOS Picks

Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Non‑graded "WWDC will introduce a multi-year plan to move macOS and iOS closer" 1
  • Mac Catalyst and SwiftUI deemed to fulfill this
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Stephen Regular "iOS 13 will change the system requirements, dropping devices supported by iOS 12" 1
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "iOS 16 will bring a more "bottom-of-the-screen-centric" design to at least 1 additional app" 1
  • Books as well as the Lock Screen were cited.
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "iOS 15.4 and/or macOS 12.3 get a release date" 0
  • They did get a window but not an actual date.
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "Third party widgets gain interactivity" 0
  • Edited to clarify "third party" as a few Apple widgets are already interactive.
Stephen Flexie "At least one iOS system app is redesigned to bring its controls to the bottom of the screen" 1
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "Apple shows off at least one iOS 16 feature that we haven’t seen before" 1
Stephen Risky "iOS gets split-view support for multitasking to use 2 apps at once (reuse)" -1
Stephen Flexie "Center Stage comes to the iPhone" 0
  • This was tossed out as a possible replacement Risky pick for this game after Stephen's original got invalidated, but ultimately landed as a Flexie.

Myke's iOS Picks

Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Risky "iOS 12 features a large scale UI redesign across iOS, the biggest since iOS 7" -1
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.
Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "On iOS 13, the iPad home screen features more than just app icons" 1
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "Dark mode for iOS" 1
Myke Risky "Cursor support for iOS" 2
  • Was not mentioned in the keynote, but more information came out during the week about the new accessibility feature.
Myke Non‑graded "Apple does some new stuff with Animoji to make it more like Bitmoji" 1
Myke Non‑graded "External storage support on iOS" 1
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Myke Regular "iOS gets the ability to change default apps from those that Apple make, including email" 1
Myke Risky "Memoji will get updated to include face coverings" 2
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "No specific date for iOS 14's release" 0
  • Originally a candidate for Myke's Risky Pick.
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple demos iOS apps running on a Mac" 0
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Regular "iOS 15 gives users more home screen customization options" 1
  • Specifically not iPadOS 15.
  • This was granted but the customization options were not extensive, just turning on and off home screens, both manually and with focus modes.
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "Apple talks about App Tracking Transparency in iOS 14.5" 0
Myke Flexie "iOS 14.5 will drop within 24 hours of the event" 0
  • It was a week later.
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "New features for FaceTime" 1
Myke Flexie "New notification management options" 1
Myke Flexie "Tools for developers to make smoother or faster animations in iOS" 1
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Myke Risky "An iPhone gets an always-on display with a UI element that is reminiscent of Apple Watch complications" -1
Myke Flexie "Release date for iOS 15 is announced and it's later than 24 hours away" 1

Federico's iOS Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "Siri on iOS will gain more verbal responses, speak more than it does now when activated with your voice" 0.5
  • "It can hold longer conversations without the user needing to look at the screen."
  • This was graded as a half point or a "kinda".
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
  • Two iPad multitasking refreshes later, a version that shows the home screen finally arrived in iPadOS 15.
Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "iOS 12 will have a focus on "faster", speed and performance optimizations being a tentpole feature" 1
  • "It will be on a slide."
  • Ungraded examples: "faster animations, maybe 64-bit, Swift, Pro Motion, something under the scenes, maybe a built-in cache cleanup feature"
Federico Risky "Workflow 2 will appear as a system feature or app" 2
  • "Heavy on Siri integration, framework for pro apps to talk to each other"
  • Ungraded: probably a migration tool from version 1, the App Store version might be kept around for a while
  • Some contention during grading about pro apps talking to each other leads to clarification that the entire pick must be true, but this one is deemed close enough.
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.
Type2018 iPhone Event PredictionsScore
Federico Non‑graded "iWork updates for iOS 12" 0
Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "iOS gets a tabbed windows feature that all apps can implement" 1
  • "Tabbed windows" was acknowledged as an unclear phrase, and was intended to convey that one app could show two separate documents or views, similar to Safari's special side by side mode at the time.
Federico Non‑graded "Shortcuts 2.0 is showed off at WWDC with a new developer framework for apps" 1
  • "Shortcuts also gets folders and AirPlay actions in 2019."
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Federico Regular "New Animoji in iOS 13" 1
  • Ungraded: Federico had some specific predictions which were not written down: at least 4, maybe 5, a demo on stage, would like to see kangaroo, peacock, squirrel, or white rat as new animals.
Federico Regular "iOS gets expanded font support" 1
Federico Non‑graded "There will be changes to the drawing/sketching interface used for screenshots, notes, etc." 1
  • "Maybe it will even be an API."
Federico Non‑graded "Improved support for ZIP archives in the Files app and framework" 1
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Federico Non‑graded "Apple gives a release date for iOS 13.1 and mentions the update on stage" 0
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Federico Non‑graded "iOS will get the ability the ability to lock the phone to portrait, but continue watching videos in landscape" 0
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple showcases at least one new feature coming in iOS or iPadOS 14.1" 0
  • The version number wasn't stated explicitly, otherwise Fitness+ would have counted.
Federico Flexie "iOS 14 launches in September" 1
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple launches an AR navigation mode for Apple Maps" 0
  • A year too early, this was a feature in iOS 15.
Federico Flexie "Apple launches a new AirPods app for iPhone, similar to Watch app" 0
  • Instead of an app, Apple made a section in Settings at the next WWDC.
Federico Flexie "iOS 14.2's Shazam recognition is demoed" 0
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "iOS gets a native feature to change icons for any app you want" 0
Federico Flexie "WidgetKit will support new widget sizes and more interactivity" 0
  • The boolean operator "and" ends up taking this pick down, as interactivity wouldn't come until 2023.
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Shortcuts gets new actions or triggers for USB connections" 0
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Risky "Legacy widgets are completely removed from the system, and there is no longer a place to put widgets to the left of the main home screen" -1
Federico Flexie "iOS and iPadOS 15 get native HomeKit widgets" 0
  • These came to the iOS 16 lock screen the next year.
Federico Flexie "The Passwords feature of Settings becomes a standalone app" 0
Federico Flexie "iOS 15 drops support for the iPhone 6S" 0
  • iOS 15 kept the 6S around for one more year, but iOS 16 finally dropped it.
Federico Flexie "The next version of iOS lets you change icons for apps natively" 0
  • "Without Shortcuts or custom profiles."
Federico Flexie "A new way to turn off confirmation banners in Shortcuts" 0
  • This happened later in the iOS 15 cycle in version 15.4.
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "iOS 15 releases the following week to the public" 1
  • In other words, the week of Monday September 20th.
Federico Flexie "Apple will announce at least 1 new feature that will be coming later in the iOS 15 cycle" 1
  • ProRes video recording on the iPhone 13 Pro models will be coming "later this fall".
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Risky "iOS 16 brings major changes for systemwide design customization" -1
  • 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.
Federico Flexie "Apple brings Mail extensions to iOS and iPadOS" 0
Federico Flexie "Some Mac-only Shortcuts actions will become available on iPhone and iPad" 0
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Regular "The next version of iOS brings changes to notifications" 1
  • Ungraded: a new design, better management
Federico Risky "iOS gets split-view support for multitasking to use 2 apps at once" -1
  • Ungraded: works in both portrait and landscape, drag and drop between apps.
  • That's iOS, as in on the iPhone.
Federico Flexie "Shortcuts gets an API on iOS and iPadOS for apps to run Shortcuts directly, without URL schemes" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple brings Quick Note's floating window to iOS" 1
Type2022 September RickiesScore
Federico Risky "The iPhone 14 Pro Camera app introduces some kind of 3D capturing functionality" -1
Federico Flexie "On the always-on Lock Screen for iPhone 14 Pro, you see notifications in Count mode" 0
Federico Flexie "iOS 16 is released on Monday, September 12" 1
Federico Flexie "There will be a system filter for "always-on display" in Focus" 0
  • Deemed incorrect because it wasn't mentioned and there was no way to find out at the time of grading. This was in fact the correct decision, as it was not present in iOS 16 originally. The feature did eventually arrive in iOS 16.4, so this pick was just a bit early.
Federico Flexie "You will be able to control which data types show on the always-on lock screen" 0
  • Similar to the privacy controls that the always-on Apple Watch has for complications
  • This could have been a feature at the time, but there was no way to know at the time of grading. With the OS now released, we know that it was not present after all.
Type2023 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "We see at least one new Dynamic Island feature" 1
Federico Flexie "The next version of iOS brings at least one new AirPods-related feature" 1
  • Adaptive audio was introduced.
Type2023 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "iOS 17 gets released on the week of September 18" 1