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 1st May 2024 at 9:57am

Stephen's macOS Picks

Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
Stephen Risky "iTunes rewrite or replacement for Mac OS" -1
  • iTunes was eventually split up in 2019.
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 "Apple replaces at least one bundled macOS app with a Marzipan version" 1
  • It's called Catalyst, not Marzipan, which is pushed back on a little. Podcasts is cited as fulfilling this (is it replacing a Mac app? Stephen gets away with this a bit) and they say that Messages might now be a Catalyst app, but in fact it isn't.
  • The permissive grading may be due to the other hosts not wanting to get too picky when it comes to grading later picks.
Type2020 Annual RickiesScore
Stephen Non‑graded "WWDC brings no real changes to Mac Catalyst" 0
Type2020 Summer RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "A CPU transition is announced for the Mac" 1
  • Federico counsels against specifying ARM, which is good because Apple calls it "Apple Silicon" and never uses the term ARM.
Stephen Risky "Something in the default Dock of Catalina becomes a Catalyst app" 2
Type2020 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "Big Sur gets a release date" 0
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Stephen Regular "Big Sur gets a revised release window" 1
Stephen Flexie "We see a Big Sur feature recap" 1
Stephen Flexie "Apple announces Windows for ARM coming via virtualization in the future" 0
  • Parallels was updated to do this by 2021, but it wasn't announced at this event.
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "macOS skips ahead to version 15 to match iOS and iPadOS" 0
Stephen Flexie "The next version of macOS comes with a redesigned Today view" 0
Type2021 October RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "macOS Monterey features are reviewed" 0
  • Some Mac software features were mentioned, like running iOS apps, but nothing really specific to Monterey.
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 Risky "The new version of macOS brings back Dashboard as a way to place widgets outside of the current Notification Center" -1
  • It has to be called "Dashboard" to get the points.
Stephen Flexie "macOS 13 is called "Mammoth"" 0
Type2023 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie "The next version of macOS is not called Skyline" 1
Type2024 WWDC RickiesScore
Stephen Flexie ""Improvements" to Stage Manager are announced" 0
Stephen Flexie "The next version of macOS is named Tahoe" 0

Myke's macOS Picks

Type2020 November RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Apple demos iOS apps running on a Mac" 0
Myke Flexie "Big Sur released within 48 hours of event" 1
Myke Flexie "Craig demos Big Sur features" 1
  • The instant wake demo is counted for this.
Type2021 WWDC RickiesScore
Myke Regular "Shortcuts for the Mac" 1

Federico's macOS Picks

Type2018 Annual PredictionsScore
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 Fall RickiesScore
Federico Non‑graded "Catalina gets a release date" 0
Type2020 November RickiesScore
Federico Risky "Big Sur on the new Apple Silicon Macs comes with a low power mode feature" -1
  • This was a feature in Monterey the next year.
Federico Flexie "Apple demos a game running on an Apple Silicon Mac" 0
Federico Flexie "Apple redesigns the App Store app for Mac to include iOS, macOS, and iPadOS apps together" 0
Type2021 September RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "No date is provided for macOS Monterey" 1
Type2021 October RickiesScore
Federico Regular "Any kind of release timeframe is provided for macOS Monterey" 1
  • Apparently feeling humble, Federico admits that this is a "boring" pick. It was originally "release date", but when some questioning about whether just a month would count came up, he watered it down.
Type2022 March RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "macOS 12.3 does not come out within 48 hours of the event" 1
  • This will have to be judged by announced release, since episode recording is a day after the event.
Federico Flexie "Universal Control is demoed again" 0
Type2022 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Regular "The next version of macOS will have at least one feature exclusive to Apple Silicon Macs" 1
  • There are a few examples: live captions in FaceTime, using an iPad Pro as a color reference display, and dictating emoji.
Type2023 Annual RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "Apple releases new developer APIs for Stage Manager" 0
  • 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 Flexie "The next version of macOS is called Skyline" 0
Type2024 May RickiesScore
Federico Risky "The new iPad Pros can run a version of macOS when needed" -1
  • Ungraded: "Native, virtualized, or Mac Virtual Display?"
Type2024 WWDC RickiesScore
Federico Flexie "The next version of macOS is called Sequoia" 1