Well before we became acquainted with dancing silhouettes and laughed along with the iconic “Get a Mac” ads, Apple’s commercials were quintessentially 80s.
Thankfully, the YouTube channel EveryAppleAds lives up to its name and over the past week has released a slew of previously forgotten Apple commercials from the 1980s that you’ve either forgotten about or, most likely, never even knew existed.
It’s funny looking back at these commercials not just because they’re extremely funny and cheezy, but because they also take us back to a time when people actually had to be convinced that they needed a computer in the first place.
Here’s a sampling:
This 1987 commercial called “Power Lunch” is laughably bad to the extent that the commercial itself has a lot of background noise. So it goes in the world of power lunching. I’m no Don Draper, which is to say I’m not an ad man, but muffling the name of the product at the end of the commercial doesn’t seem like the wisest of choices.
Here’s an old Apple IIc ad dubbed “Frog.” Yes, it’s exactly what it purports to be.
And lookee here, some classic misdirection and an old jab at IBM.
Here’s an Apple II ad starring Kimmy Gibbler from Full House. It’s an 80’s bonanza.
And keeping the celebrity motif going, here’s an Apple IIc ad featuring Alan Greenspan.
There are a lot more 80s commercials on the EveryAppleAds YouTube channel, so if you’re inclined to indulge in some nostalgia this weekend, it’s worth hopping over and checking a few of them out.
Treasure trove of vintage 80s Apple ads surface on YouTube originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.