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Apple responds to criticism over iPad Pro advertisement

Apple faces backlash over latest advertisement for iPad Pro, titled "Crush!", which depicted the destruction of symbols of creativity.

Apple recently faced backlash over its latest advertisement for the iPad Pro, titled “Crush!”, which depicted the destruction of symbols of creativity. The tech giant has since issued an apology in response to the widespread criticism.

Controversial Ad Sparks Outcry

The “Crush!” ad, posted on Apple’s YouTube channel and CEO Tim Cook’s social media accounts, depicted various creative tools, including musical instruments and vintage arcade games, being crushed by a giant hydraulic press. The advertisement drew immediate backlash from viewers who felt it celebrated the destruction of human creativity.

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Apple’s Apology and Explanation

In a statement to Ad Age, Apple’s Vice President of Marketing Communications, Tor Myrhen, apologized for missing the mark with the ad. Myrhen emphasized Apple’s commitment to empowering creatives worldwide and acknowledged that the ad failed to align with this goal. Apple further confirmed that the ad would no longer be aired on television.

Industry Figures and Public Reaction

The controversy surrounding the ad prompted criticism from figures in the entertainment industry and the general public. Actor Hugh Grant condemned the ad as representing “the destruction of the human experience,” while producer Asif Kapadia criticized tech companies for benefiting from artists’ work without fair compensation. Social media users echoed these sentiments, expressing disappointment and frustration with Apple’s portrayal of creativity.

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Apple’s swift apology reflects its dedication to maintaining a positive brand image and responsiveness to consumer feedback. However, the incident raises questions about the company’s marketing strategies and the potential impact on its reputation. As Apple navigates the competitive landscape of the tech industry, it remains to be seen how it will address future marketing campaigns and engage with its audience more effectively.