Modern Family’s new episode never leaves the screen of a MacBook Pro

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MacBooks and iPhones pop up in movies and TV so often that it’s nearly a trope unto itself, but on February 25th ABC’s Modern Family is going a step further. A new episode called “Connection Lost” takes place entirely on the screen of a character’s laptop — and while it’s a fun new riff on the sitcom’s successful formula, it’s also one of the most glowing love letters to the Mac you’ll see this this side of an Apple keynote.

“Connection Lost” belongs to a burgeoning sub-genre of what could be called “screen capture filmmaking.” You’ve seen it before, going back to those heartstring-tugging Google ads from a few years ago: the “camera” captures a computer screen, tracking the mouse, web pages, and other apps the unseen operator uses, all…

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