Apple’s Latest Ad Is Larger Than Life—Just Like the New iPhone

Complete with colossal cats, cookies, kids and more

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Life is colorful and—based on photo sharing online—big. Big moments, big vacations, big colors. Life is just big. That’s the premise of a new ad for Apple that’s launching today, touting the brand’s new iPhone XS, which has the largest display in the product’s history.
Director John Hillcoat, who also directed the Cannes Lions-winning film Corazón, puts a vibrant spin on the spot, with an energy and pace that is well-suited to the music choice, “Catch My Breath” by Confidence Man. In the first seconds of the ad, which is entitled “Growth Spurt,” it’s easy to think that this will be a simple ticking off of product benefit boxes, yet almost immediately we are treated to a clever twist on the theme of scale.

First, a young woman takes a picture of her orange cat, only to be surprised that the kitty is now the size of her apartment’s entry. Next, in true “Look at my brunch” Instagram fashion, a millennial snaps a photo of her avocado toast, which then transforms to a massive size. From there, we see a baby turn into a giant taking its first step, a colossal Corgi and an extraordinarily tall woman in Mexico on a group FaceTime chat. There are also cameos from Super Mario and golfer Rory McIlroy.
Food plays a significant role in the ad as a young girl attempts to dunk a gigantic cookie in her glass of milk. We also see a family-sized dumpling and, in the end, a scene straight out of the film Up as a girl blows a bubble that floats her into the air as Apple ends the spot with “Everything you love just got bigger.”
Though it’s about the product, the ad focuses on the idea that the iPhone XS isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill product but rather something that rises beyond simple utility and captures those things that deserve to be … bigger.

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@zanger Doug Zanger is a senior editor, agencies at Adweek, focusing on creativity and agencies.