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Samsung is hiding its ads that made fun of Apple's removal of headphone jack

The "Ingenius" ads as well as the "Growing Up" ads are nowhere to be found on Samsung's official pages.

Published onAugust 8, 2019

Samsung advert Ingenius: Speed screenshot - Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X
  • Prominent Samsung ads that criticized Apple iPhones are no longer on Samsung’s U.S. YouTube channel.
  • The ads poked fun at Apple’s decisions to remove the headphone jack and use display notches, among other things that the Galaxy Note 10 now does.
  • Luckily, the ads are still available to watch via third-party uploaders.

Yesterday, Samsung made the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus official. The release of the two new flagships is bittersweet for many Note fans, though, because neither device comes with a headphone jack. It appears Samsung wants to gloss over this fact by not only declining to mention it at all during yesterday’s launch event but by also attempting to hide its past advertisements.

The company’s decision to remove the much-beloved smartphone port isn’t too surprising considering multiple other OEMs — including Huawei, OnePlus, Google, and obviously Apple — have already done so. However, Samsung was the longest holdout and also the most vocal critic of those other OEMs and their choice to ditch the port, especially when it comes to Apple.

Over the past few years, there have been multiple high-profile Samsung ads that heavily criticized Apple’s iPhone design limitations, specifically towards the removal of the headphone jack and the notched display on the iPhone X and XS. These ads are no longer on Samsung’s official United States YouTube channel and appear to be erased from other official sources as well.

One of the more prominent series of ads — known as “Ingenius” — center on an actor portraying an Apple employee as he tries to convince skeptical smartphone buyers to buy an iPhone. The customers all seem confused as they want certain things from the phone that it simply can’t do, including headphone jacks, microSD card slots, and notch-less displays.

Obviously, these ads would seem uncouth now considering that the Galaxy Note 10 is missing those two ports and has a notch (albeit a different notch as compared to iPhones). That’s probably why these ads are no longer on Samsung’s official channels.

Luckily, you can still see all the “Ingenius” ads below. Be forewarned, though, that they are even more cringe-worthy than they used to be considering most of the iPhone limitations criticized in the ads are now part of the Galaxy Note 10 line:

Another prominent Samsung ad was called “Growing Up.” The ad shows a young man going through various iterations of the iPhone over the years, getting increasingly frustrated with the limitations of each one. A memorable scene in the ad shows him using his iPhone with a giant dongle attached to it so he can use his wired headphones and charge the device at the same time.

This ad also no longer appears on Samsung’s official U.S. channel. Luckily, you can still watch it below:

What do you think of Samsung removing these ads from its official U.S. pages? Will you be buying the Galaxy Note 10 even though it doesn’t have a headphone jack? Let us know our thoughts in the comments.

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