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Apple shows off Portrait Mode in two new iPhone 7 Plus commercials

February 13th, 2017 at 9:05 PM
iPhone 7 Plus Portrait Mode

If there was any question over what feature Apple considers to be the selling point of the iPhone 7 Plus, I think we can all agree that it has been answered. On Monday, Apple shared two new short spots for the over-sized smartphone highlighting the exclusive Portrait Mode that doesn’t appear on the smaller iPhone 7. It’s not the first time that Apple has focused on the feature in an ad, and it probably won’t be the last.

While the last commercial was lengthy and story-driven, the two new ads are much shorter and to the point. The first, titled “Soul Mate,” shows the difference between a standard photo of a dog and photo of a dog taken with Portrait Mode on the iPhone 7 Plus. So while the first photo is a photo of a “house mate,” the Portrait Mode photo is the photo of a “soul mate,” according to Apple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcfImAExJ7A

The second ad, “Creek,” is set up the same way, where “a photo of your kid in a creek becomes a portrait of youth in nature.” Sure, the first photo is fine, but the second could be considered “fine art,” in Apple’s eyes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=672s9XSg05k

I’m going to give Apple the benefit of the doubt here and infer that the tone of these ads is meant to be somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Obviously adding a depth effect to a photo doesn’t magically turn it into a work of art, but there’s no denying that people go crazy over that out-of-focus blur behind the subject of a photo.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.




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