From Magical to Inspirational, the evolution of iPad TV ads

Three years has passed since I received my first iPad for my birthday. I still remember the excitement I felt when my boyfriend gave it to me. I was just arrived in the U.S. to start a new life with him and he gave me the gift of one of the most desirable object on the planet. The iPad 2 was launched few months before, on March 11, 2011 less than one year later the first tablet ever produced by Apple.
Steve Jobs presented the first version of the tablet on January 27, 2007 immediately creating a lot of expectations around the iPad, launched on the market on April 3.

To advertise the newest born in Cupertino’s company, Apple promoted a TV campaign to underline the main, innovative characteristics of its tablet.

As the TV’s ad shows, Apple wanted to market its device as something unique and better than an iPhone or a laptop for browsing the web, sending and reading emails, watching at photos and videos, listening to music, reading eBooks.
In less than 12 months from the iPad’s launch, Apple presented a new version, “faster, thinner, lighter”. But except for these technical characteristics, the first iPad2 TV commercial showed a kind of philosophical manifesto of the Cupertino’s company.

“This is what we believe. Technology alone is not enough. Faster, thinner, lighter…those are all good things. But when technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful…even magical. That’s when you leap forward. That’s when you end up with something like this”.
And “magical device” is how my 3 years old nephew defined my iPad during summer 2011 when I went back to Italy, my home country, for a short vacation with my new tablet. In his eyes the iPad was faster than any traditional computer or laptop he had never seen before, lighter and with an unlimited resources to play game downloading apps.
While my boyfriend and I got married, Apple in his continuous strategy of “innovate beyond the familiar” launched on March 7, 2012 the iPad with Retina display and promoted it with a TV commercial that simply underlined the new technical main innovation.

“When a screen becomes this good, colors are more vibrant. Words are pin sharp. Everything is more brilliant because when a screen becomes this good, it’s simply you and the things you care about. The stunning Retina Display on the new iPad”.
Few months later, on October 22, 2013 the Cupertino’s company announced the new iPad Air “featuring a stunning 9.7-inch Retina® display in a new thinner and lighter design”.
To promote the iPad Air, Apple released a new TV commercial. In voiceover is audible an extract of professor John Keating/Robin Williams in the movie Dead Poets Society
explaining why we read poetry and how we can “contribute a verse”. While the ending question “what will your verse be?” is an invite to reflect on our passions and how we can use them to create a stanza in the history of the human race, the commercial shows how different people use an iPad.


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2 thoughts on “From Magical to Inspirational, the evolution of iPad TV ads

  1. This was eloquently written. As a recent MAC user, I havent had much use of apple products. For me, it is beautiful how technology can capture and recreate life’s precious moments. I am a fan of new and complex and cool things. I often engage in conversation with family and friends who are generations older than I, and its ironic how things have changed. How different this era is for people a part of generations that experienced the first television, or when tv was in color or when music could be heard elsewhere outside of the radio. We, in this technological age have advanced and we have witnessed the evolution of things that at one point were new and different and cool in a time before us. I think its awesome. As time and career advances permit, I hope to take part in more apple products. Life and love is beautiful and poetic, and I appreciate that technology can enhance these moments for us.


  2. I completely agree with this piece. The iPad has taken technology to a new level. It can literally do everything and they are starting to implement this into many facets across the world. You see iPads in schools, leading technology meetings, hospitals, and much more. Life as we know it is becoming compact with everything we do. We know car our systems in a petite little square device call an iPad. It was a brilliant idea to introduce this model of technology.


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