- Samsung has a long and illustrious history of trolling Apple in its smartphone commercials.
- In 2017, it poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack in the iPhone 7.
- Now Samsung’s new phone, the Note 10, has also removed the headphone jack.
- As for that 2017 commercial, it has disappeared from some of Samsung’s major YouTube channels.
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Samsung has a long and illustrious history of trolling Apple in its smartphone commercials. But now the South Korean firm is cloning one of the iPhone features it once mocked, and it has quietly deleted records of the ads.
Samsung unveiled its Note 10 on Wednesday and, as has been widely observed, the phone falls in line with other new devices on the market in that it does not come with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
“It’s looking more and more likely that Samsung, one of the last holdouts of the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, is phasing out the onetime industry standard,” Business Insider’s Antonio Villas-Boas noted.
It represents something of a volte-face for the phonemaker, which poked fun at Apple for ditching the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 in 2016.
Samsung released a memorable advertisement in November 2017 titled “Growing Up.” It features an iPhone user through the ages becoming increasingly frustrated with the limitations of his phone. In the end, he caves and buys a Samsung Galaxy.
In one section, he ruefully inspects an adapter cable, which enables iPhone users to turn their charging portal into a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
Fast forward to 2019 and Note 10 customers may need a similar bit of kit to use wired headphones with their device. And as for that “Growing Up” ad, it has disappeared from some of Samsung’s major YouTube channels.
Business Insider found that the ad had been removed from the Samsung Mobile USA page, which has nearly 1.8 million subscribers. It is also not available on the main Samsung channel, which has 3.8 million followers. You can still see the Samsung Mobile USA YouTube page that hosted the ad via the internet archive Wayback Machine.
A follow-up to the “Growing Up” ad released in May 2018 has also disappeared from Samsung YouTube channels. It means articles written about the two ads when they were released (such as these two stories on The Verge) now feature dead YouTube embeds.
Samsung has not completely expunged the ad from its official channels, however. It is still available on some regional channels. So here, courtesy of Samsung Malaysia, is the “Growing Up” ad that trolled an iPhone feature Samsung has now adopted: