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Pope swaps iPad for Sony Tablet S to light Christmas tree

updated 05:15 pm EST, Thu December 8, 2011

Pope uses Sonty Tablet S to light Christmas tree

Pope Benedict XVI has eschewed the promised tablet for the job, the iPad, in favor of a Sony Tablet S in order to light the tallest Christmas tree in the world. The reason for the switch isn't known, though DigitalLife has contacted the Vatican and Apple in order to find out the reason for the last-minute change. The tree is 2,132 feet tall and overlooks the town of Gubbio in Italy.

To be fair, the 'tree' is actually an outline of the shape of one using lights on the face of Mount Ingino. The Pope lit it from 130 miles away by pressing a virtual button on the Sony tablet.

As seen in the second embedded video, the Pope used an iPad to launch the Vatican's website in the past, showing that he isn't platform-exclusive.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Big deal.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    He's pro'lly just mad

    more people know the name Steve Jobs than the name Pope "WHO-THE-h***-CARES?". ;)

  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I don't get it !?!

    The Catholic Church is just as conservative as Apple's App Store??!!!?!!

  1. tightzeit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Sony just

    made a bigger donation. It's just business.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The usual.

    Apple hating IT nerd manager... as if you had to ask.

    Pressing a virtual button on screen is all it's good for, anyway (as is the pope)

  1. comanche8

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the devil is in the details...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    To be fair, the 'tree' is actually an outline of the shape of one using lights on the face of Mount Ingino.

    How is that being 'fair'. Isn't that what should have been written in the first sentence?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Obvious reason

    Isn't it obvious why they eschewed the iPad? They couldn't get the app approved in time. Probably some silly programmer used the name 'johnny appleseed', or it was listed as the pope lights a tree app and it was considered possibly offensive.

    And maybe they didn't want to have to give Apple 30% of the weekly donations from parishioners.

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