Whereas Cook’s delivery remains slow, stilted and serious, Federighi is a lively presence with a distinct sense of humor — even if that humor often tends to fall under the category of Dad jokes.
Federighi flashed a “metal” hand sign when introducing Apple’s new gaming program system called Metal. He refused a call that was supposedly from his mom, and called “the newest Apple employee” instead — Dr. Dre. And in the most bizarre segment, demonstrating video messages in iMessage backstage, he wore a large wig and had another Apple employee take a chainsaw to it — a joke on Federighi’s famous large, gray, Flock of Seagulls-style hair.
Other observers weren’t quite as forgiving of Federighi’s material as Mashable was. One blogger at A8 Observer said, “Perhaps comedy is not his thing.” Whatever the case, many people noticed the change in image that Apple seemed to be going for.