'Modern Family's' Apple-centric episode lives up to the hype

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor Eric Stonestreet attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
Wednesday night, we finally got to feast our eyes on that highly anticipated 'Modern Family' episode that was shot mostly on iPhone and iPad cameras.
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Sarah Hyland is seen on the set of 'Modern Family' on September 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by John Fleenor/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Halloween 3: AwesomeLand' - Even though Halloween is Claire's holiday, she allows Phil to take over this year so instead of her usual fright-fest theme, he decides to turn the house into AwesomeLand! Gloria picks out Princess Fiona and Shrek costumes for her and Jay but Jay decides he wants to be Prince Charming complete with a full head of gorgeous hair, and with the hair comes a new sense of confidence. Elsewhere, Cameron gets overwhelmed by the day's activities and Mitchell has closing arguments for a huge case, and it doesn't help that the stenographer is dressed like a spider, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. Guest stars Steve Zahn ('Treme') and Andrea Anders ('Better Off Ted') return as the Dunphy's neighbors. (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
MODERN FAMILY - 'Marco Polo' - The Dunphys move into a cramped hotel room while their house is getting treated for mold and Phil sees this as an opportunity to spend some quality time together but Claire and the kids are less than enthused. Gloria becomes over protective when Manny starts dating an older, popular girl, and Cameron is under a lot of pressure to maintain his team's winning streak but when he realizes Mitchell may be a jinx, emotions run high, on 'Modern Family,' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 (9:00-9:31 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - (9.22.14) Actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and VP of design Elliot Staples discuss the new 'The Scandal Collection' at The Limited; actress Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'); actor Ioan Gruffudd ('Forever'); GMA's 'Upgrade Your Morning' series kicks off. 'Good Morning America' airs Monday-Friday (7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, SOFIA VERGARA
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - (9.22.14) Actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and VP of design Elliot Staples discuss the new 'The Scandal Collection' at The Limited; actress Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'); actor Ioan Gruffudd ('Forever'); GMA's 'Upgrade Your Morning' series kicks off. 'Good Morning America' airs Monday-Friday (7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) SOFIA VERGARA
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - (9.22.14) Actress Kerry Washington, costume designer Lyn Paolo and VP of design Elliot Staples discuss the new 'The Scandal Collection' at The Limited; actress Sofia Vergara ('Modern Family'); actor Ioan Gruffudd ('Forever'); GMA's 'Upgrade Your Morning' series kicks off. 'Good Morning America' airs Monday-Friday (7:00a.m. - 9:00a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images) SOFIA VERGARA
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Actresses Sarah Hyland, Sofía Vergara, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen and Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet and Ed O'Neill, winners of the Outstanding Comedy Series Award for 'Modern Family' pose in the press room during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on August 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: 66th ANNUAL PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS -- Pictured: (l-r) Actors Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Ed O'Neill, winners of the award for Outstanding Comedy Series for 'Modern Family', pose backstage during the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the Nokia Theater on August 25, 2014. (Photo by Christopher Polk/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: (Back row L-R) Moderator Will Marfuggi of E! News, actor Ed O'Neill, creator/writer Steven Levitan, actors Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, (front row L-R) Executive producer Megan Ganz, actors Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and writer Abraham Higginbotham attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: (Back row L-R) Moderator Will Marfuggi of E! News, actor Ed O'Neill, creator/writer Steven Levitan, actors Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Sarah Hyland, (front row L-R) Executive producer Megan Ganz, actors Nolan Gould, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons and writer Abraham Higginbotham attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Creator/writer Steven Levitan, writer Abraham Higginbotham and actors Nolan Gould, Ed O'Neill, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonetreet and Ty Burrell attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19: Actors Ed O'Neill, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julie Bowen, Sarah Hyland, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonetreet and Ty Burrell attend a 'Modern Family' Wedding episode screening at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on May 19, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Wednesday night, we finally got to feast our eyes on that highly anticipated "Modern Family" episode that was shot mostly on iPhone and iPad cameras.

And thankfully, it didn't make us totally seasick, a la "The Blair Witch Project." In fact, it was pretty darn awesome.

"Halo!" said Phil Dunphy on "Modern Family."

"Honey, have you been playing your new little video game all day?" asked Claire Dunphy.

"When you say it in that tone, it implies that Luke and I haven't been spending quality time together. Which we have," said Phil.

"Can I talk to him?" asked Claire.

"Sure thing. Luke? I don't think he's here," said Phil.

Yes, in case you missed all the hype last week, "Modern Family" filmed this week's episode almost entirely on Apple products, a definite first for the show and for ABC.

The whole thing takes place on Claire Dunphy's MacBook while she's waiting for her plane to board at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

And all the show's characters end up interacting with FaceTime, iMessage, iPhoto, iTunes, Facebook, Instagram, you name it.

Now, quite a few media outlets were skeptical when the show's producers first announced the Apple-centric episode. But after Wednesday night's premiere, the rave reviews just kept streaming in.

A writer for Mashable called the ep "incredibly clever" for its ability to let us into the inner workings of Claire's mind in ways that the usual plots couldn't begin to convey.

And TV Fanatic gushed it was "one of the most brilliant episodes of Modern Family we've seen in a while."

And we can only assume Apple is pretty happy with the episode too. The show features truly organic product integration, and Apple didn't even have a pay a cent for it. Talk about great advertising!

Wednesday night was the final night in the February ratings period; we're guessing "Modern Family's" latest episode will boost the program significantly.

Now, if only Claire and Phil can figure out a way to keep Hayley under control ... Oh, who are we kidding? That'll never happen.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

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