Cupertino, California - Hundreds of thousands of lucky iPad Air owners got an awesome surprise today as Comet Ison suddenly popped up as a live, real time screensaver App for their gorgeous new tablets.
The cosmic sungrazer is currently hurtling towards a Thanksgiving rendezvous with the Sun following a lap of honor through the summer constellations of Cancer, Leo and Virgo.
Its flight path across the heavens has already begun to dazzle the expectations of astronomers all over the world - and now the imagination of intellectual property wizards at Apple HQ's legalalistic stuff department in Cupertino.
This morning's launch of the Comet iSon App saw iPad Air users connect with live imagery of the incoming celestial nomad via a series of links to Apple's new deep space telescope located high above the mountains near Santiago, Chile.
Critics at the midday launch were full of praise for the iPad Air's high resolution retina display enablling crystal clear viewability of the comet as it tears through the cosmos at half a million miles an hour.
"Just can't wait for my gorgeous iPad Air to beam me live pics of Comet Ison's once-in-a-lifetime conjunction with the planet Venus around Christmas," is how one Cupertino devotee put it in a statement this afternoon.
Now you know what that mystery gubbins is for, inside the tablet's 64 bit Apple-A7 processor.