The iPad Pro is the king of Apple’s tablets. And planets.
The long-rumored iPad Pro was revealed last week at Apple’s fall 2015 event. The 12.9-inch iOS device whose smart keyboard and stylus are a bit reminiscent of the Microsoft’s Surface, and mark an important shift in Apple’s tablet efforts. With a new moniker and increased footprint, the iPad Pro targets the professional creator and isn’t a device strictly for consuming.
Apple fittingly choose an image of the king of all planets, Jupiter, to introduce its largest iPad yet. Which raises the question: if the iPad Pro is the gas giant, what planets are the other iOS devices?
Mercury – iPod Touch
When it comes to planets, Mercury is on the smaller side, though it remains the hottest. Which if you don’t think translates into the iPod Touch, just ask anybody between the ages of 13 and 24: the pseudo-smartphone is a hot commodity. And with the iPod being so close to the iPhone, the most important planet in Apple’s iOS system, it may be around for a bit. Both start at $199.
Venus – Apple Watch
Our solar system’s second planet is named after the Roman goddess Venus of love, prosperity, and desire. Beauty recognizes beauty, and while Apple Watches weren’t sold back in Roman times, our bet is that she’d own one now.
Earth – iPhone
Much like the Planet Earth, the iPhone is the most important planet of Apple’s touch devices. The Earth’s water provides us all with life, transportation, and more — akin to the apps on our iPhones. How would we survive without them?
Mars – The iPod
Oh, you mean the dried-up version of our planet that’s smaller and less used? Mars may be cool, but it’s objectively a way tougher place to live. Now that we have apps, who’d want to leave Earth?
Saturn – iPad Air 2
Slightly smaller than Jupiter, but just as well-liked—if not more. The iPad Air 2 was Apple’s first iOS tablet. And while Saturn may not have been the first planet, you can probably pick both out in a crowd of other planets/devices.
Uranus – iPad Mini
Smaller than both Jupiter and Saturn, Uranus is one of the more compact gaseous planets (relatively, at least). The two are often forgotten when having to share the spotlight with the iPad Pro (Jupiter) and the Air (Saturn). But some users prefer the iPad Mini and its 13 circling rings.
Neptune – Apple TV
The newest Apple device to support apps and Siri isn’t actually an iOS device, but is just as important to the company’s system of computers. The Apple TV itself is small, yet the experience on your TV is big—putting it somewhere in the middle, depending on your television size. Neptune itself, doesn’t support Netflix, but maybe someday, it’ll get there.
Pluto – The Newton MessagePad
The Newton MessagePad, released back in 1993, is the Apple touchscreen device you forgot about. Just as Pluto was demoted from planet to dwarf planet, the Newton was voted out of existence in 1998. The Newton didn’t run anything close to iOS, or many third-party apps, for that matter, but it paved the way in teaching Apple what a proper touch device needs and doesn’t need. Similar to how Pluto helped hammered out what exactly it means to be a planet. Only difference: we actually miss Pluto as a planet.