Apple released a new commercial Friday called Growth Spurt. It has a catchy tune (“Catch My Breath” by Confidence Man) and some cool effects, but I don’t love it. I think it’s because I don’t buy into the central premise of the piece—that the things you take a picture of grow in real life—and how that directly connects to the iPhone XS Max’s existence. And to be fair Apple brings it home in the fadeout shot as the iPhone XS Max grows larger behind the iPhone XS. I usually love Apple’s spots, so this is a rare miss for me. What do you think?
Check out Apple’s new spot called Better You for Apple Watch Series 4. It’s a fun spot pushing the idea that we can always improve ourselves, and that Apple Watch Series 4 will help you do that. Couch potato? Get up. Hanging around? Get out and go for a walk. Listen to music while you’re out, too. Take a phone call. In fact, make that walk a jog. No, wait. If you’re going to jog, step it up and make it a run. Or hey, better yet, sprint and then finish that sprint off with a swim in the ocean. I love this spot. It’s compelling, and it tells an easy-to-understand story. The product shots of Apple Watch Series 4 are good, too.
Apple has a new spot out that demonstrates the modern fight over who gets to pay for dinner (if you’re friends are awesome). It’s s short commercial that illustrates the ease with which one can pass money back and forth with your friends and family using Apple Pay Cash in iMessage. The spot’s called Just Text Them the Money, and it’s a scenario most of us have played out.
Check out Apple’s new commercial, Unleashed. It’s a fun piece touting the A11 Bionic chip powering iPhone X. It uses a series of augmented reality-like fight scenes to show how immersive games are on an iPhone X. It’s compelling, interesting.
Don’t look now, but if you’re furious that an iPad is a computer (What’s a computer?) you might not like the new iPad ads that Apple released.
Apple has five new commercials promoting iPhone photography techniques and features.
Apple has a new commercial out called Taxi Driver to promote Animoji. It’s an intense animated spot with a drawn romp through a city as the backdrop to the Animoji figures. But the reason I love this spot is the tune—called “Citizen Kane,” rather than Taxi Driver—by South Korean band Hyukoh. This isn’t super-produced K-Pop, either. Hyukoh is an indie band with real musicians playing music they wrote. 9to5Mac noted that Citizen Kane dropped over the weekend, a single for an upcoming Hyukoh EP. In any event, I am effectively obsessed with this tune, and I love Apple’s Animoji commercials. Your mileage may vary.
Check it out. Samsung is positioning its two-month old flagship Galaxy S9 against an iPhone. And when I say “iPhone,” I mean iPhone 6 [via MacRumors]. The ad appears to be a pitch to owners of old iPhones, but it feels more like a Freudian slip to me. “This,” Samsung appears to believe, “is all we can do.” Even if the psychology behind the ad isn’t as twisted and warped as my Samsung-loathing mind wants it to be, comparing a brand new flagship device to a three-and-a-half year old competitor is terrible, awful, absurd positioning. Perhaps that’s part of why iPhone 7 is still selling as well as the Galaxy S9, let alone the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X, all of which handily outsell the Samsung device. Anyhoo, you can watch it and judge for yourself.
Apple has a new commercial for iPhone X called Studio in Your Pocket. It pitches the idea that iPhone X’s Portrait Lighting mode is essentially a photography studio in your pocket. It does this by showing a young woman taking a selfie in a train station when studio lights and reflectors start popping into being all around her. As she snaps away, the camera switches to views of those selfies on her iPhone X with darkened backgrounds through Portrait Lighting. It’s a solid pitch in my opinion, and one that will resonate with young people. Check it out.
They’re both part of Apple’s Switch to iPhone series, offering short metaphorical illustrations for why you should ditch other platforms for iPhone.
Apple has a spot out to promote the new iPhone 8 (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition. It’s very…red, with a soundtrack by Sofi Tukker, “That’s It (I’m Crazy).” This isn’t the kind of commercial likely to get a lot of TV airtime, but it’s racking up views on YouTube (224,000 and counting, after just a few hours).
Apple has a new spot out called One person can change the world. Released in time with Tuesday’s iPad and education-focused media event in Chicago, the spot features a slow-mo pan through a playground filled with young children playing and being kids. With a simple piano soundtrack, the spot features different kids talking about being creative and how imagination can bring change to the world. It’s a compelling spot, and it’s either timely or serendipitous considering the growing youth movement in the U.S.
Adweek has a great behind-the-scenes video that shows—among other things—that all that stretchy-house stuff from Apple’s new HomePod ad was done with practical effects, rather than CGI.
Apple has a new spot out, and I love it. It’s called Fly Market, and it features a young man dancing through a street market using Apple Pay and Face ID on his iPhone X to buy clothes and a present for his mom. The song is “Back Pocket” by Vulfpeck, a great tune. This commercial has charisma, and I love the imagery—I think it’s great. I’d love to hear what you think.
Apple enlisted prominent CG artists to each make their own film using iMac Pro, including Buck, Erin Sarofsky, Esteban Diácono, ManvsMachine studio, Michelle Dougherty, Luigi Honorat, Esteban Diácono, and Michelle Dougherty.
Short, just 15 seconds long, each spot personifies an iPhone selling point, and pits iPhone against “your phone” in a split screen representation.
They’re all abstract pieces that say little specific about Apple’s smart speaker.
With GameSkip, TiVo users can skip the game and get right to the important bits—Super Bowl commercials and the Halftime Show.
Apple picked quarterback Tom Brady to promote Beats by Dre headphones. A new spot for the brand features a grim and gritty locker room shot of the Deflategate quarterback wearing a pair of Beats by Dre. In a voiceover, Mr. Brady says: “Doubt me. Distract me. Give me noise. ‘Cause all I hear is, ‘It’s payback time.'” A tagline of “Above the noise” then appears, followed by the Beats logo. The spot was posted to YouTube this weekend, and already has more than 2.2 million views.
Apple has a new spot out called Selfies on iPhone X. The commercial features a series selfies with a soundtrack of the late Muhammad Ali declaring that he is the greatest. He was so great, in fact, his one fault was in recognizing just how great he was. Watch the commercial (with sound on), and he’ll tell you all about it.