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Apple Launches Real People Ad Campaign, Targets PC Users

Press release from the issuing company

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 10 -- Apple today launched a new advertising campaign featuring real people who have switched from PCs to the Macintosh. The campaign will debut today on television with eight different ads, each highlighting a different "switcher" telling their story. The "switchers" featured in the Real People campaign come from diverse backgrounds, including a Windows network administrator, a writer, an illustrator, a small business owner, a programmer, an interactive producer and a DJ. This will be Apple's largest ad campaign since "Think Different" was launched in 1998. "These are not actors -- they're real people who have switched from PCs to Macs, telling their story in their own words," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO. "More people are interested in switching from PCs to Macs than ever before, and we hope that hearing these successful switchers tell their story will help others make the jump." The TV ads can be seen today on major cable networks like ESPN, CNBC, Comedy Central and Fox News and will appear this week on ABC's Boston 24/7 and The Drew Carey Show, as well as NBC's ER and NBA Finals broadcasts. Print ads are in this week's issues of Time and Newsweek, and will appear this month in a number of other major magazines. As part of the campaign, Apple has also set up a special web site for users interested in learning more about switching at www.apple.com/switch. The ads were directed by Errol Morris, a widely admired director and producer of documentary films. Morris infused the ads with the same straightforward, compelling style found in his critically acclaimed opening segment for this year's Academy Awards, which featured celebrities and movie goers sharing their favorite films.

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