I know the Mac actor is Justin Long, John Hodgmane plays the IBM actor. But I really like these ads, they are conceptually brilliant and beautifully orchestrated. However, the hoodie wearing, jeans sporting young hip Justin Long is basically parodying Apples very own image. This taken from the Slate article which outlines the parody very nicely, and gives some insight into Apples ad campaign, and how it may not be working the way it was meant to.
What do the Mac users feel about the ad, how about the IBM-ers?
That pretty much sums up my feelings on it. While they are amusing, they wouldn’t even begin to make think of buying a mac. I’ve used PC’s since…well lets just say for a long time and have never encountered any of the things that they claim are the shortcomings of the PC.
I love them. I use Windows, and I don’t much like Mac, mostly due to an outdated grr because schools used them and no one else in the past. But c’mon…PC’s running Windows DO crash more, and are more vulnerable to internet borne viruses, and they are harder to set up with peripherals and stuff! It’s funny 'cause it’s true! The ads aren’t effective in that they’re going to convince me to get a Mac, but the are totally effective in making me stop FFing through my DVR playback and actually rewinding to watch an ad!
Antinor01 - You’ve NEVER had a PC freeze up, or give you the Blue Screen of Death, or get a virus or spend an hour chasing down a driver for a new camera? You’re a luckier user than I.
Blue screen I have gotten rarely, maybe twice, freeze up…not that I can think of in years. Viruses I’ve had a couple times but nothing that has caused me problems. I’ve never had the driver problem, I’ve found peripherals very easy to install.
Never was more of a reaction to the commercials where they seem to be claiming that Macs NEVER get any of those things.
I think they’re brilliant commercials. They’re more about branding Macs as the alternative to PCs–cool, casual, a little bit of the bad boy. You don’t usually see Macs in the corporate world, so yeah, there’s a little bit of exclusivity and smugness there.
I think they’re pretty witty too w/o being overly mean spirited. Can’t say I put a whole lot of stock in whatever point they’re trying to make because, yeah, they’re strawman all the way but, neverthelsss, the performances themselves are so well done I can’t help but smile.
How interesting, we have the same campaign running in the UK, but with different actors. Ours are two pretty well-known comedians who perform together in a cult TV show called ‘Peep’ show (http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/P/peep_show/), and the characters shown in the ads are exactly their characters in the show, so it resonates really well here.
Not since XP came out. Aside from more “in depth”/intensive things, like video and sound cards, I’ve never had to download “hard to find” drivers to get something to work. Hell, 90% of things don’t need any driver downloaded/installed. Every camera, every printer, every mouse and keyboard has worked just fine when I plugged it in. As long as it’s designed to work with XP, there is only a small chance that it will need some obscure, hard to find, driver. And you could say the same ting about a Mac. If it’s not designed to work with OS X, then it’s going to be hard to get it to work.
But the commercial that annoys me most is the one where they are in boxes, and the Mac guy gets up and is like “Well, I’m ready to go!” and the PC guy is like “well, I have to download drivers, uninstall dumb software, read the manual, and some of me is in other boxes.”
Ok, so…what? No matter what, everyone can intuitively use a Mac and never need a manual, yet everyone, even people who have used them before, needs to read a manual for a PC? And in other boxes? What? So they package the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and tower in separate boxes, and that’s bad, how? I kind of like having a monitor that is separate from my main machine, because I can replace and upgrade just that and not the whole damn thing.