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 31st December 2022 at 4:03pm

Stephen's iPad Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Non‑graded "Multi-user on iPad support for the masses" 0
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
Type2019 Fall RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "No Mac or iPad hardware in the keynote" 0
  • 10.2” iPad was announced
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "Apple shares a video touting the benefits of the time-of-flight sensor found in the 2020 iPad Pros for AR" 1
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "At least one new non-Pro iPad will switch to USB-C" 1
Stephen Risky "The iPad mini will be updated with a new design inspired by the iPad Pro's design" -1
  • Stephen was almost exactly one year too early, as this would finally come true in 2021.
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "iPad Air preorder date announced" 0
  • Orders began on October 16th, with no advanced notice. Unfortunately, the picks had already been graded by then.
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The iPad mini does receive the new design language" 1
  • "Originally, Stephen said it would not receive it", but the other hosts criticized him for his negativity.
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The iPad Pro is updated to a variant of the A14 chip" 0
  • If it's the M1, Apple would have to also mention that the M1 is an A14 variant to get the pick.
Stephen Regular "The big iPad Pro is updated with a feature that is unique to it" 1
Stephen Flexie "The Magic Keyboard for iPad goes unchanged" 0
  • Ungraded: what if it got a camera on the long edge? That'd be incredible.
Stephen Flexie "A new iPad comes in a new color for its line" 0
  • The iPad mini would eventually fit this bill, coming in lots of fun new colors, but it wasn't released until September.
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "iPadOS 15 brings organization changes to the home screen that don’t exist on the iPhone, including iOS 15" 0
  • "Widgets on home screen and App Library don't count as they are on the iPhone already"
  • This was originally a Risky Pick, but Myke couldn't get enough clarity for what it meant.
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "The 11" iPad Pro gets a mini LED display" 0
  • 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" 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 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "iPadOS is updated to include a more desktop-like mode with resizable and overlapping windows" 1
  • Was originally a Risky pick with the addition of a "with keyboard and trackpad" clause, but some WebKit source code changes made it much less risky. He watered it down further by removing an "overlapping" clause as well and not phrasing it as a "desktop-like mode", but then decided to just go all the way back to the original pick.
Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
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.
Stephen Flexie "The iPad mini will be updated"
Type2023 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "iPadOS 17 gains Lock Screen customization" 1
Type2023 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "The iPad isn't even mentioned"

Myke's iPad Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Non‑graded "A 10.9" bezel-less iPad Pro" 0.5
Type2018 iPhone Event PredictionsScore
Myke Non‑graded "New iPads" 0
Myke Non‑graded "New pencil and keyboard" 0
Type2019 Annual PredictionsScore
Myke Regular "On iOS 13, the iPad home screen features more than just app icons" 1
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Regular "The iPad Pro line is updated before the iPhone with a hardware feature that's not on any current iPhone in 2019 or 2020" 1
  • Myke says during grading that he originally expected 5G to get him this point but LIDAR did instead, but he actually focused on LIDAR when originally explaining this pick. (During the grading, Federico delivers his impromptu review of the 2020 iPad Pro.)
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Myke Regular "The iPad home screen gets new features" 1
  • The ability to stack widgets is juuuuuust enough to count.
Myke Non‑graded "Improved external display support for iPadOS" 0
  • Finally came true in 2022 at WWDC.
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple unveils a new iPad, not Pro" 1
Myke Risky "A non-Pro iPad gets a LIDAR sensor" -1
Myke Flexie "Details of a new iPad mini" 0
  • Also one year too early.
Myke Flexie "New non-Pro iPad gets second generation Apple Pencil" 1
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "iPad multitasking is overhauled again" 1
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Myke Regular "The 12.9" iPad Pro ships later than the 11" iPad Pro" 0
Myke Regular "The iPad Pro gets 5G" 1
Myke Flexie "New iPad Pro accessory" 0
  • "Something we haven't seen before, or is redesigned significantly, e.g. Apple Pencil 1 to 2."
Myke Flexie "The camera on the iPad Pro moves to the long side" 0
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "A new iPad mini is introduced with a refreshed design, new colours previously not a part of the product, USB-C, Smart Connector, and 5G support" 0
  • Originally a Risky Pick.
  • This was very close to coming true, but it was missing a Smart Connector.
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "iPadOS multitasking remains unchanged from iOS 15's implementation" 0
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Flexie "More apps can use a picture-in-picture-style window on iPadOS" 0
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"
Myke Flexie "The iPad mini gets updated, featuring either a mini LED or OLED screen"

Federico's iPad Picks

Type2017 Annual PredictionsScore
Federico Non‑graded "New iPad accessories: Keyboard + protection + pencil holder" 0.75
Type2018 iPhone Event PredictionsScore
Federico Non‑graded "Two new iPad Pros" 0
Type2019 WWDC PredictionsScore
Federico Risky "Apple will bring back some kind of "app list/launcher" UI element on iPad" 2
  • Federico cites parts of Slide Over's new multitasking interface, and when that doesn't seem to be working, says "If you don't give me this point, I will call the police." It escalates to the point of typing 911 into his phone.
  • "Some kind of" is vague enough to count this, and it definitely is not because of the threat.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Risky "Apple will release at least 1 new pro app for iPad that we haven't previously seen on iPad" -1
Federico Non‑graded "The iPad home screen will continue to change with new elements and additions" 0
  • The iPad went mostly unchanged in 2020, but iPadOS 15 did bring changes the next year.
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Federico Risky "The iPad gets a new development tool to write code, on device, that is not Swift Playgrounds" -1
Type2020 September RickiesScore
Federico Regular "At least one of the new non-Pro iPads will have an iPad Pro inspired design" 1
  • "(the flat sides are key)"
Federico Flexie "The new iPad Air supports the Magic Keyboard" 1
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.
Type2021 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Regular "Apple launches at least one iPad model with a new display technology" 1
  • He initially picked mini LED specifically. And after further discussion it was agreed that this meant a new display technology for the iPad, so for example OLED would also count.
Federico Risky "Apple will release a new programming app for iPad" -1
  • Federico asks to be quoted as "very very positive" that he will win on the strength of this Ricky Pick.
  • Not Swift Playgrounds, that is not new. As it turns out, they added this functionality to Swift Playgrounds.
  • This was deemed not a reuse of a previous pick since it is even riskier and more specific.
Federico Flexie "Apple releases a bigger iPad Pro" 0
Type2021 April RickiesScore
Federico Regular "At least one of the new iPad Pros will have a Thunderbolt/USB4 port" 1
Federico Regular "Only the big iPad Pro gets the new display technology" 1
Federico Risky "The iPad Pro, with an updated USB-4/Thunderbolt port, features a new kind of support for external displays" -1
  • Ungraded: the multitasking system gets redesigned to better support external displays
  • The external display support finally came in 2022.
Federico Flexie "DriverKit comes to iPadOS to let more kinds of accessories be supported on iPad" 0
Federico Flexie "Hypervisor comes to iPad" 0
Federico Flexie "The new iPad Pro comes with a fancy new GaN charger" 0
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Regular "In the next version of iPadOS, you can put widgets in more places (out of the left column)" 1
Federico Flexie "The Weather app comes to iPad" 0
Federico Flexie "Better external display support on iPad" 0
Federico Flexie "iOS and iPadOS 15 get native HomeKit widgets" 0
  • These came to the iOS 16 lock screen the next year.
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "The 9th generation iPad is introduced with a USB-C connector" 0
Type2022 Annual RickiesScore
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 March RickiesScore
Federico Regular "A new iPad Air is introduced with a better system-on-a-chip and 5G support" 1
Federico Flexie "Universal Control is demoed again" 0
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Shortcuts gets an API on iOS and iPadOS for apps to run Shortcuts directly, without URL schemes" 0
Federico Flexie "iPadOS gets improved split view with at least 3 apps at once" 0
Federico Flexie "Shortcuts gets an XL widget on iPad" 0
Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
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."
Federico Flexie "Apple brings new actions to Shortcuts to control windows on iPadOS"
Federico Flexie "Apple releases new developer APIs for Stage Manager"
  • At the time of picking there were not any developer APIs for Stage Manager on either macOS or iPadOS, so anything will be "new".
Type2023 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Regular "The Health app gets mood tracking and an iPad version" 1
Federico Risky "The next version of iPadOS will introduce a brand new audio routing system, with support for selecting different input sources, similar to macOS..." -1
  • "... This feature will finally allow podcasters like me to record local audio while also being on a FaceTime or Zoom call (assuming apps add support for it)."
  • And there's even more that isn't graded: "Devices that do not require drivers will work out of the box, like in macOS. I think the Sounds page of Settings will be redesigned."
  • Federico guesses that this is his longest-ever Risky Pick, and he's right, this is in fact his longest ever pick period, beating out this one from earlier the same year.
Federico Flexie "Stage Manager for iPad gets support for clamshell mode with external displays" 0