Apple's new iPad advert is SLAMMED by critics - and actor Hugh Grant (2024)

As one of the world's most profitable companies, there's no doubt Apple has a lot of money to spend on adverts.

And nowhere is this more apparent than in its latest advert, plugging thenew £1,299 iPad Pro.

The one-minute clip shows a collection of artistic objects – including paints, books and musical instruments – being crushedby an industrial press.

But the 'tasteless' and 'insulting' ad has been widely slammed online, including by English actor Hugh Grant.

TheLove Actually star posted on X (formerly Twitter): 'The destruction of the human experience. Courtesy of Silicon Valley.'

On X, English actor Hugh Grant posted: 'The destruction of the human experience. Courtesy of Silicon Valley'

Someone replied to Grant adding 'And the destruction of childhood', to which the actor replied, 'Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I could go on'

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Someone replied to Grant, adding 'And the destruction of childhood', to which the actor replied, 'Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I could go on.'

In the ad – which was originally posted to X by Apple CEO Tim Cook – the artistic objects are slowly turned to bits by the metal press as 'All I Ever Need is You' by Sonny and Cher plays.

When the press lifts up again, the pulverized remains have vanished and the new iPad Pro appears instead.

It seems the collection of objects is supposed to represent everything that the new iPad is capable of – from sketching art to playing music and displaying documents.

It's also meant to highlight the tablet as the thinnest product Apple has ever made – although, ironically, at5.1mm (0.2 inch), it would be destroyed by the industrial press too.

Unfortunately, artists are considering the suggestion that an Apple product could replace all of their tools as 'insulting'.

Objects being crushed include a guitar, piano,trumpet, books, metronome, sculpted clay, vinyl player and a TV

It's unclear how much Apple spent on the advert; MailOnline has contacted the tech giant for more information

Unfortunately, artists are considering the suggestion that an Apple product could replace all of their tools as 'insulting'

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One furious X user called it 'an absolutely tone-deaf and insulting ad'.

He said: 'The visual messaging is terrible Like who thought literally CRUSHING THE ARTS AND THEIR TOOLS was the move to make to market this towards creatives?'

Another X user posted: 'With all the Apple tech knowhow, if you really insisted on producing such a tasteless advert, you could have used cgi [computer generated imagery].

'The fact that you chose to destroy things that could have been used by properly talented people speaks volumes about you, your company, and the state of things.'

Another posted: 'Ah, Apple providing the perfect metaphor for what’s happening to the creative arts & humanities, and then mistakenly thinking it’s a good look for an advert.'

In the ad, the objects are slowly turned to bits by the metal press as 'All I Ever Need is You' by Sonny and Cher plays

It's likely the controversy generated by the advert would simply help Apple sell its products

Someone else called it 'the perfect metaphor' for the creative industries being decimated by wealthy companies

Another X user posted: 'With all the Apple tech knowhow, if you really insisted on producing such a tasteless advert, you could have used cgi [computer generated imagery]'

How much do the new iPads cost?

iPad Pro

  • 11 inch - £999 ($999)
  • 13 inch - £1,299 ($1,299)

iPad Air

  • 11 inch - £599 ($599)
  • 13 inch - £799 ($799)

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Someone else reversed the advert, showing the iPad being crushed and the objects appearing in its place, saying they'd 'fixed it'.

Other users figured that the controversy generated by the advert would simply help Apple sell its products.

Forty years ago, Apple was responsible for what's been described as one of the greatest commercials, called '1984', directed by Ridley Scott.

The ad – plugging the original Apple Macintosh computer – portrays a dystopian setting influenced by George Orwell's famous book where humanity is saved from 'conformity'.

Christopher Slevin, creative director for marketing agency Inkling Culture, said the message of the new ad is effectively the opposite.

'Apple’s new iPad spot is essentially them turning into the thing they said they were out to destroy in the 1984 ad,' he wrote on LinkedIn.

James Bore, tech expert at consultancy Bores Group, said Apple 'completely missed the mark'.

'I think they may have alienated a not-insignificant part of their target market by thinking like technologists rather than creatives,' he told MailOnline.

'It kind of shows how disconnected they are from actual creative efforts.

'There were much better ways to create the same message, without destroying things that their customers will feel sentimental about for a publicity stunt.

'Unless of course they were going deliberately for the controversy sells angle, which I can't rule out entirely.'

It's unclear how much Apple spent on the advert; MailOnline has contacted the tech giant for more information.

Apple has launched a new 'Ozempic iPad Pro' on Tuesday, declaring the tablet its thinnest device yet. The latest iPad Pro stole the show when Apple said it measures just 5.1 millimeters thick - thinner than the iPod Nano (left)

Apple unveiled the iPad Pro along with a slightly cheaper iPad Air and an Apple Pencil at an unveiling event on Tuesday.

However, people were left asking 'who still buys iPads', as the line only makes up around 6 per cent of the company's sales.

Aside from its extra-thin profile, the new iPad Pro is fasters due to a new AI-focused M4 chip with a larger 'neural engine' that can complete 38 trillion tasks per second.

The £799 iPad Air is equipped with the less-capable M2 chip, but bothiPads come in two screen sizes – 11 inches and 13 inches.

The Magic Pencil, Apple's £129 ($129) stylus, also gets haptic controls in the form of a 'squeeze function' and the ability to roll the pencil to change brush shapes.

THE TRILLION DOLLAR RISE OF APPLE

1976:Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne created the company on April 1 1976 as they set about selling computer kits to hobbyists, each of which was built by Wozniak.

The first product was the Apple I.

1977:Apple released the Apple II in June, which was the first PC made for the mass market.

Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation's new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.

1981: Jobs became chairman.

1984: The Macintosh was introduced during an ad break for the Super Bowl and later officially unveiled during a launch event. It was discontinued a year later and Jobs left the firm.

1987: Apple released the Macintosh II, the first colour Mac.

1997: Apple announces it will acquire NeXT software in a $400 million deal that involves Jobs returning to Apple as interim CEO. He officially took the role in 2000.

The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone

2001: Apple introduced iTunes, OS X and the first-generation iPod.

The first iPod MP3 music player was released on October 23, 2001, at an event in Cupertino and was able to hold up to 1,000 songs.

2007: Apple unveils the iPhone.

2010: The first iPad was unveiled.

2011: Jobs resigned in 2011 due to illness, handing the CEO title to Tim Cook. Jobs died in October frompancreatic cancer.

2014: Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. It also unveiled its first larger iPhones - the 6 and 6 Plus.

2015: After purchasing Beats from Dr Dre, Apple launched Apple Music to compete with Spotify and other music streaming services.

2016: Apple returned to its roots and announced the 4-inch iPhone SE. Meanwhile, the firm is embroiled in a legal battle with the FBI, involving the agency demanding access to the locked phone used by Syed Farook, who died in a shootout after carrying out a deadly December attack in San Bernardino, California with his wife. The court order was dropped on March 28 after the FBI said a third party was able to unlock the device.

2017: Apple introduces the iPhone X, which removes the home button to make way for a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design and a new FaceID system that uses advanced sensors and lasers to unlock phones with just the owner's face.

Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

2018: In a first for the company, Apple introduces new features in its latest operating system, iOS 12, that encourage users to manage and spend less time on their devices. The move was spawned by a strongly worded letter from shareholders that urged the firm to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction among kids and teenagers.

2019: In January, Apple reports its first decline in revenues and profits in a decade. CEO Tim Cook partly blamed steep declines in revenue from China.

2020: In March, Apple closes all its bricks and mortar retail stores outside of China in response to coronavirus.

2021: In an online virtual event in April CEO Tim Cook declared Apple's goal of becoming carbon neutral for Earth Day. Later in the year the iPhone 13 was announced.

2022: In September the iPhone 14 was announced. One of the new features included a new sensor to detect if a user had been in a car crash as well as an improved camera system.

2023: Apple brought back its 'Home Pod' after the first generation was discontinued. The 'Home Pod' can be seen as an alternative to Amazon's Alexa or Google Home as it is powered by voice commands.

Apple's new iPad advert is SLAMMED by critics - and actor Hugh Grant (2024)

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