Microsoft fires an iPhone barb and guess what? This one's actually funny

Microsoft fires another iPhone barb and guess what? This one's actually funny
Gold standard? No, just gold.

UPDATED: Microsoft has released a statement saying it pulled the ad because it was "wide of the mark"

It reads: "The video was intended to be a light-hearted poke at our friends from Cupertino. But it was off the mark, and we've decided to pull it down."

Original story continues below...

Making fun of Apple is approaching shooting-fish-in-a-barrel territory for the company's rivals, but in a break from the norm, Microsoft's latest effort is actually kind of humorous. Who'd have thunk it?

The clever, two-minute parody video does a pretty decent job of taking the mickey out of Apple's newly-launched iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S handsets, in a fly-on-the-wall style video.

The clip features a "presentation" from fake Apple staff, pitching the merits (or lack thereof) of the new handsets, mocking the colour scheme, "unashamedly" plastic materials and Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

The killer line? "And you know what the beauty part is? We can charge whatever we want, bro!"

Time to switch?

The video, which has been taken down by Microsoft, probably by design, continues to exist on YouTube and ends with the hastag #timetoswitch.

It's by no means the first time Microsoft has assumed the position as chief Apple agitator, it's recent Windows 8 vs iPad commercials have had their moments too.

Will it encourage people to switch to Windows Phone in the same way Samsung's Next Big Thing commercials helped the company shift more Galaxy handsets? Probably not.

You can enjoy the latest clip below.

Chris Smith

A technology journalist, writer and videographer of many magazines and websites including T3, Gadget Magazine and He specializes in applications for smartphones, tablets and handheld devices, with bylines also at The Guardian, WIRED, Trusted Reviews and Wareable. Chris is also the podcast host for The Liverpool Way. As well as tech and football, Chris is a pop-punk fan and enjoys the art of wrasslin'.