Quoted from snaroff:
I had the same knee jerk reaction about the theme and odd looking "dude" in the middle of the PF.
Like many things, I changed my tune after playing it for weeks and thinking about the original theme (so many of us were clamoring for an "unlicensed", original theme). One of the hallmarks of a great original theme is capturing the tech/culture of the day. When viewed from that perspective, Pat & team nailed it. I realize you might not appreciate iPhones, however most of the world is addicted to them and that's exactly what an original theme should shoot for...reflecting the pop culture of the day (like so many great pinball machines did back in the day).
Not knee jerk, and glad some like it...I've played it, not a fan...doesn't mean anything except my take....is what it is...but comparing (as a modern day) to TZ just doesn't fit......nope....