Apple's latest iPhone 7 ad brings iOS 10 'happy birthday' balloons in Messages to life

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in iPhone edited September 2016
Though it's an ad for the newly released iPhone 7, Apple's latest TV commercial is actually pushing a feature found on all devices that can run iOS 10: expressive texts in the Messages app.



With iOS 10, sending a user an iMessage with the words "happy birthday" automatically sends a flood of balloons up the screen. In Apple's new iPhone 7 ad, those balloons come to life, starting with a lone balloon traversing a landscape, ending with a flood of balloons in a metropolitan setting.

In the commercial, the cascade of balloons was caused by a drawing of a heart and a simple text of "happy birthday," which bring a smile to the recipient's face as she reads her phone.

As with other Apple advertisements, the minute-long spot largely downplays both the software and the hardware of the iPhone 7. Apple's new flagship handset is barely even in the commercial, as the TV ad instead attempts to evoke emotion with impressive visuals.

The series of iPhone 7 ads, and Apple commercials for other products before it, aim to capture the human side of the company's devices. Earlier ads for the iPhone 7 focused on users taking low-light photos and putting its water resistance to the test in a rainstorm.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    calicali Posts: 3,495member
    iPhone has been magic since day one.
    muadibealbegarc
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Great ad. But I hope those were just CGI balloons, otherwise that's an environmental disaster and risk to wildlife.

    Curious about the subtext on the final screen ... "Subject to availability"... in terms of only being supported on iOS 10 and not earlier versions?

  • Reply 3 of 11
    This ad reminds me of the Sony Bravia TV spot with the half a million colored balls dropped down a SF hill, 
    brian green
  • Reply 4 of 11
    Great ad. But I hope those were just CGI balloons, otherwise that's an environmental disaster and risk to wildlife.

    Curious about the subtext on the final screen ... "Subject to availability"... in terms of only being supported on iOS 10 and not earlier versions?

    My apartment is in one of the shots in the ad. I would remember someone releasing a couple million ballons in downtown Chicago.
    brian greenr00fus1jony0
  • Reply 5 of 11
    spice-boy said:
    This ad reminds me of the Sony Bravia TV spot with the half a million colored balls dropped down a SF hill, 
    To this day, it's one of my all-time favorite commercials.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Great ad. But I hope those were just CGI balloons, otherwise that's an environmental disaster and risk to wildlife.

    Curious about the subtext on the final screen ... "Subject to availability"... in terms of only being supported on iOS 10 and not earlier versions?

    My apartment is in one of the shots in the ad. I would remember someone releasing a couple million ballons in downtown Chicago.
    Perhaps if you ate the right mushrooms you might remember them better?
    edited September 2016
  • Reply 7 of 11
    clemynxclemynx Posts: 1,510member
    Horrible singing.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Right. Why do people often destroy good songs with horrible hissing and call that singing?
  • Reply 9 of 11
    clemynx said:
    Horrible singing.
    Hmm.. I'm actually agreeing with this.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    Lol
    edited October 2016
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Is the canyon in this commercial real or cg? If it is real does anyone know where it is? 
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