Like any good admitted fanboy, I often find myself looking for Apple products on TV. Lately I’ve been spotting more and more iDevices popping up on many of the shows I watch. So I’ve decided to start a new weekly segment entitled “Apple On TV.” The premise is simple. Whenever I spot an Apple product in one of the shows I watch (and I watch a lot of TV), I’ll take a screen shot of it and post it here, in a weekly recap, with a short description. But I need your help too! Although I watch a lot of TV I don’t watch everything. So if you come across an Apple product in one of the shows you’re watching, feel free to grab a screen shot (use your iPhone camera) and send it to me, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include the name of the show and a short sentence on what was happening in the scene, and I’ll include it in that week’s post.
So here’s where I spotted Apple On TV this week.
Most of the television programs have been in re-runs over the last few weeks. With the holidays, NFL playoffs, college football bowl games etc. I assume they’re saving their new episodes for times when there isn’t so much other interesting stuff to watch.
Hawaii 5-O however aired a new episode this week and the Apple sighting I spotted in it was quite curious.
The show’s lead character Steve McGarrett has appeared in my Apple on TV segment several times before. He’s often shown using his iPhone 4 to take pictures of a crime scene or to make calls.
During this week’s show McGarrett receives a call on in trusty iPhone 4 from his sister who had just been kidnapped. She’s stuck in the trunk of a car and calls her brother who tries to determine her location.
Here’s the curious part – McGarrett takes the incoming call while speeding down the highway and the status bar indicator at the top of his phone has no cellular operator logo but instead a full set of WiFi bars.
I know it’s a minor detail and that I’m just being picky but I’d appreciate it if television shows and companies actually portrayed the products they place being used properly. Last I checked you needed to connected to some sort of cellular company’s wireless network in order to make and receive a voice call and I don’t remember McGarrett ever mentioning the fact that his car was equipped with WiFi either.
Remember, if you see an Apple product on TV grab a screen shot and send it to me at Larry@geardiary.com, and I’ll use it in next week’s post.