Who’s the Actor in the New iPhone Commercial?

Actor in new iPhone commercial

Great talent is so often underappreciated. You’ve seen the new iPhone commercial, but do you know the actors who starred in it?

A lot of people are asking about the man in the recent commercial for iPhone called “Nap.” In it, a man sleeps beside his dog in a deck chair in a peaceful backyard.

He’s woken up by the ping of text messages coming in on his iPhone.

His motorized chair props him up slowly, and the man opens one eye. The iPhone Face ID recognizes his unique appearance, unlocks automatically, and displays the messages, without requiring him to expend any further effort. He lays back down to sleep.

The actor in the new iPhone commercial, “Nap,” is Peter Koch. IMDb shows that he has appeared in Heartbreak Ridge, Loverboy, and Conspiracy Theory, among other films.

Here is Peter Koch’s acting reel on YouTube:

This blog post was first published in February 2007 to acknowledge the celebrities who appeared in the first iPhone ad, called “Hello.”

In case you were curious, here is a list of all 31 actors featured (in order of appearance) in the original iPhone ad.

1. Lucille Ball
2. Jackie Gleason
3. Humphrey Bogart
4. Marlon Brando
5. Jerry Lewis
6. Marilyn Monroe
7. Clark Gable
8. Peter Sellers
9. Steve McQueen
10. Richard Dreyfuss
11. Burt Reynolds
12. Betty Rubble
13. Robert Redford
14. Michael J. Fox
15. Harrison Ford
16. John Cusack
17. Audrey Tautou
18. Kevin Spacey
19. William H. Macy
20. Dustin Hoffman
21. Will Ferrell
22. Sarah Jessica Parker
23. Jeff Bridges
24. Billy Crystal
25. Cameron Diaz
26. Samuel L. Jackson
27. John Travolta
28. Robert DeNiro
29. Ben Stiller
30. Michael Douglas
31. Mr. Incredible

Who else do you recognize in your favorite iPhone commercial? Help our visitors discover the information they are searching for by letting us know the actors in your favorite iPhone ad.

What I Learned About Myself By Giving Up My iPhone for 3 Months

Last September I accidentally cracked my iPhone screen for the second time, and this time, instead of fixing it right away, I decided to explore what it would be like to — gasp! — not have a phone.

In that quarter of a year, I learned a lot about what it’s like to go against the grain and live life without a gadget that most people would consider a bodily appendage.

My most important takeaways:

#1. I have the power within me to strike up a conversation with a stranger and make a new friend.

When we are out and among strangers the temptation to engage with our device often overcomes the desire to take a risk and talk to a new person.

Without an iPhone, I was more likely to chat with a stranger in line at the coffee shop or grocery store, because my eyes had nowhere else to look but towards the world around me.

I made new friends this way. I wrote down their names and emails on a piece of paper.

Life is more fulfilling when you engage with others.

#2. It’s scary, but empowering, to be on your own.

At first, there is a certain anxiety that comes along with not having a mobile device. Where do I direct my attention if not towards my screen? Do I look silly just sitting here idly? What if a friend or family member needs me and can’t reach me right now?

Those feelings fade and what remains is a sense of self-determination; a feeling that you control your own life and you don’t NEED to be hooked to your iPhone at all times.

#3. I can handle life and get what I need without the crutch of a mobile device.

Without an iPhone, you walk into the corner store and ask for directions. Or you pay attention and recall the street you came down to get here.

You carry a notepad and still keep your appointments. You wear a watch.

Without an iPhone you return your phone calls later, in one sitting, rather than letting them interrupt you all day — I used Google Voice on my computer.

#4. I deserve the calm and peace of mind that comes with disconnection.

Once I got over the worry that people would call me and be unable to reach me, I realized how much less stress I experienced when I went about my life and work without constant interruption from phone calls and push notifications. It dawned on me that I deserve to have my peace of mind, and I can choose to call you back (or not) if and when the time is right.

#5. I don’t owe it to anyone to be reachable 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

It seems these days like people expect to have your attention whenever they want it. While I am giving of my time, I prefer to set limits on my availability, and that’s hard to do when you have a limitless communication device in your pocket or otherwise beside you at all times.

Giving up my iPhone gave me an appreciation for being able to focus and conduct my daily activities undistracted.

#6. I am more productive when I’m prepared.

Living without an iPhone created a need for me to become more prepared and punctual. If I said I was going to be somewhere at a certain time and then was running late, there was no texting the person to let them know where I was. If I had a phone call scheduled for a certain time, I had to be sure to be at a computer to make the call on Google Voice. I became much more organized for this reason, and my improved habits meant improved productivity.

#7. I can still have success when I choose to do the opposite of what everyone else does.

If I told someone I didn’t have a phone the reaction was often one of amazement. These days it’s hard for us to imagine going without a phone.

While I decided ultimately to repair my iPhone and go back to the connected life, the experience did not detract from my progress and in fact helped me build better life habits. It was a great learning experience and time of self-reflection.

Would you ever consider going a month or more without your iPhone?

7 Signs You Might Be Addicted to Your iPhone

A little over a decade ago, the T-Mobile Sidekick revolutionized adolescent communication. I remember my sister, an early Sidekick adopter, was reprimanded nightly at the dinner table by my father: “Get off that thing already!”

I remember feeling like a disturbing new era was upon us, one in which we would abandon communication with those beside us in favor of chit-chat with those on the other end of our digital devices.

After the Sidekick came the Blackberry — or “Crackberry” — with its BBM (Blackberry Messenger) client, the more adult version of the Sidekick’s chat client, and our society’s digital dependence deepened.

These days, I am more like my once-teenage sister than I care to admit.

Does your mobile device have a firm grip on you? Consider these 7 signs you might be addicted to your iPhone:

#1. You sleep with your iPhone under your pillow, or on your bed.

A Pew Research study found that an astonishing 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their mobile phone in or beside their bed. This statistic makes the case that we are all, at least a little, addicted to our smartphones.

#2. You regularly scroll through your screen while sitting down for a meal.

What ever happened to savoring a meal and good conversation at the table? Increasingly, the conversations we are having at dinnertime are with people we’re texting on our iPhones.

#3. You can’t go a day without posting a picture of your food on Facebook or Instagram.

When every mundane detail of your life must be documented to the point that you are rarely present in the actual experience, then surely you are addicted to your iPhone.

#4. You feel anxious if you don’t have your iPhone on you.

Who doesn’t know the feeling of inexplicable anxiety that comes with forgetting or losing your phone somewhere? A couple of decades ago everyone got by without mobile communication devices, but today we can barely manage to run an errand without one.

#5. You run out of battery by lunchtime.

If you’re so hooked on social media, texting, and browsing on your iPhone that you can’t make it a few hours into the day without draining your iPhone battery, then you’re probably addicted to your iPhone.

#6. You can’t sit down on the toilet without your iPhone in-hand.

Admit it, Facebooking while pooping is one of your favorite pastimes. Addicted.

#7. Your loved ones regularly have to remind you to “get off your phone.”

Most disturbing is the reality that when we are glued to our phones, we are often times neglecting quality time with our friends, family members, and other members of society that we could be getting to know.

As useful as your iPhone can be, the prospect of iPhone addiction threatens to undermine your relationships and your genuine enjoyment of life. Consider the above signs that you may be addicted to your iPhone and check your smartphone habit before it becomes a real problem.

6 Ways Apple’s iWatch May Integrate With iPhone

iWatch iPhone Integration

As Apple’s September iPhone event approaches, there is some speculation that Apple will also reveal its long-rumored smartwatch alongside the iPhone 6.

While there remains uncertainty about the value of a smartwatch, one of the principal benefits is undoubtedly going to be how the watch integrates with the phone.

iWatch & iPhone Integration

Here are six ways that the Apple iWatch may complement the iPhone:

1. Call and push notification alerts. Almost certainly, the iWatch will issue notifications when you receive a call, message, or update from an app. Imagine you are at a meeting or dinner and someone calls. You glance at your wrist to see who is calling and whether to pull your phone out of your pocket.

2. Canned responses and voice-to-text. Let’s say you are busy and decide not to answer an incoming call. You may be able to tap the iWatch screen and select a stock reply to let your caller know that you are busy, just like iOS 6’s “Reply with Message” feature which lets you respond to a call with the messages, “I’ll call you later,” “I’m on my way,” and “What’s up?”

Perhaps you’ll also be able to respond to messages with voice commands or voice-to-text replies. The iPhone is remarkably good at converting your spoken word into text and an iWatch could do the same.

3. Maps and directions. Your iPhone is already pretty good at navigation but what if you set your route on your phone and your watch let you know where to go? The PebbGPS app does this for the Pebble smartwatch, even vibrating to let you know about an upcoming turn. I could see this making navigation safer while driving, walking, and cycling.

4. Camera remote. Say you’d like to shoot a group photo with you in the shot. You place your iPhone on a table or a tripod a few feet away and walk over to the group. You look down at your iWatch and see a shot preview as it will appear on your iPhone. Looks good? Press the shutter button on your iWatch and in 2 seconds, it takes the picture. See Pebble Snap for an existing example.

5. Music navigation. Music controls will be one of the more compelling features of an iWatch. Ever go for a walk or run with your iPhone in your pocket or on your armband? Accessing your iPhone to skip songs or choose a new artist is one of the more annoying parts of going for a run. With the iWatch you’ll be able to navigate through your music without distraction.

6. Fitness tracking. The market for fitness wearables is taking off. There’s no reason to believe Apple’s iWatch won’t jump on the bandwagon. Your iWatch could provide data about your daily activity while applications on your iPhone show you more in-depth metrics.

How Will iPhone and iWatch Get Along?

How do you think the iWatch will integrate with iPhone? Are you interested in a smartwatch if Apple reveals such a device this fall?

iOS 8 Messages to Rival Snapchat With Self-Deleting Video & Audio

Snapchat Features in iOS 8

iOS 8 Messages Like Snapchat

Apple’s WWDC 2014 is live, and they’ve just announced the new Messages app, which will contain a feature that might make Snapchat nervous: self-deleting video and audio.

Greg Joswick demos the new Messages and explains the ease of sending video and audio messages with the upcoming iOS 8 update.

Because audio and video files take up so much space, he explains, audio and video messages will automatically self-destruct unless you tap “Keep” to keep them in your device.

Watch out, Snapchat.