The British Slant on the Mac v. PC Ads

Across the pond, Apple is running a series of ads fashioned after the “Mac v. PC” commercials that have run so successfully in the States. Although the vocabulary and accent are naturally different, the gist of the British ads is essentially the same. Yes, Apple’s schtick translates well, and I’m declaring the third one my favorite. (See the series of commercials below.)

As our readers from London will know (fact: we have more readers from London than any other one city), the actors in Apple’s ads are hardly unfamiliar. The two — David Mitchell (PC) and Robert Webb (Mac) — star in the award-winning English sitcom, Peep Show, which is just about to begin a new season. (Watch second clip below. Note that it features adult language and themes.)


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  1. alex says . . . | May 2, 2008 / 4:27 pm

    Here’s my students’ version: YouTube v Sakai:
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=X0043RcGepQ

  2. John Hodgman@Google | Open Culture says . . . | May 31, 2009 / 8:39 pm

    [...] The British Slant on the Mac v Pc Ads [...]

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