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'Modern Family' episode shot entirely on Apple devices

Instead of the usual ultra-high-definition cameras typically used to film TV shows, the February 25 episode of "Modern Family" was filmed entirely on iPhones, iPads and MacBooks.

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An upcoming episode of "Modern Family" was filmed entirely on Apple devices -- like the iPhone that took this picture of a MacBook watching the show. Anthony Domanico/CNET

Our smartphones and tablets are becoming pretty powerful content creation platforms. Case in point: an episode of "Modern Family" that will air on February 25 was filmed almost entirely on iPhones and iPads.

The episode is called "Connection Lost" and follows the colorful family's attempt to locate their missing daughter Haley. As the family searches for their daughter, they stay connected with video chats, phone calls, text messages and emails using smartphones and tablets. Following this theme, the show's creators decided they would also use iPhones and iPads to film the episode.

Speaking with the New York Times, "Modern Family" co-creator and executive producer Steve Levitan said that "everything was shot on the iPhone 6 or new iPads, with one or two small scenes shot using MacBook Pros."

Actually shooting the episode on Apple devices proved to be more challenging than anticipated, according to the show's writers and editors. In an effort to make it believable that the actors were actually communicating via FaceTime, they had to shoot scenes simultaneously, with filming happening on as many as three sets at the same time, which required a lot of extra coordination.

Another challenge was that actors were pretty bad at filming themselves while focusing on their lines and other visual cues from the crew, so they had camera operators physically holding the phones to record the scenes while the actors held the operators' arms to make it look like they were controlling the device.

In the end, the episode came together, and "Connection Lost" will air on February 25 on ABC. Will the episode shot entirely on Apple devices be any good? You'll have to wait until next week to find out.