We know that the Vatican uses Microsoft Windows given that we learned in December 2010 that it uses pirated Avast! anti-virus software developed for Windows.
But, today, it announced a new iGPII application for World Youth Day 2011, in Madrid, Spain, that only works on iPhones, iPods, iPads and ‘devices that run the (Apple) iOS operating System.’
What about the millions that have devices that have Windows or Google’s Andoid platform.
Don’t get me wrong, though I no longer own any Apple products, I am great fan of Apple stock (which kept me solvent over the last few years) and Steve Jobs is in my Top 5 of ‘Greatest Living Men’ along with Obama and Mandela.
It just seems too partisan on the part of the Vatican. I hope they got a hefty endorsement fee from Apple — and I now remember that the pope used an iPad for his first Tweet. Good for the stock. Thank you, pope. Maybe it goes much deeper than that. Could it be that the Vatican is trying to remind us that Eve ate the Apple (at a time it is fighting battles on many fronts to do with its unconditional ban of women priests)?
The iGPII is said to be an initiative of the John Paul II Youth Foundation. It was developed by ‘Futurtech & Adv Production‘ (sic). It is available in five languages, viz. Italian, French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.
The application will provide Apple-savvy World Youth Day participants with documents relating to the history of previous World Youth Days, program schedules, GPS positioning, and locality information such as lodgings, cafes, restaurants, toilets, drug stores etc. The Vatican also points out that the application might be of use to journalists (provided of course that they have an Apple device).