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Apple’s new ad is a Maya Angelou poem, illustrated

On Friday night during the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics, Apple will run an iPhone ad. It’s an extension of the “Shot on iPhone” campaign that the company has been using for a while, with photos and videos captured by real people. But this spot sets imagery of all kinds of people to audio … Continue reading “Apple’s new ad is a Maya Angelou poem, illustrated”

On Friday night during the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics, Apple will run an iPhone ad. It’s an extension of the “Shot on iPhone” campaign that the company has been using for a while, with photos and videos captured by real people. But this spot sets imagery of all kinds of people to audio of Maya Angelou reading a slightly shortened version of her poem “The Human Family”—giving it way more emotional heft than your average smartphone commercial.

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It’s a nice message to convey during the Olympics. Actually, it’s a resonant one for this particular moment in time, period.

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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