You may have noticed some curious, fruit-themed technology products on Schneider’s Bakery shows like “iCarly” and “Victorious.” A parody of the iconic Apple, “Pear Company” is the fictional tech giant responsible for PearPhones and most of the other electronics featured on “iCarly” in particular.
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Here’s a look at the wide range of Pear Products featured in Dan Schneider’s shows, and the real-life technology each product matches up with!
Apple’s iPhones aren’t shaped like apples… not yet, anyway. Regardless, the connection between the Pear Phone and its Apple counterparts is obvious down to the specific models.
These models are as old as the PearPhone FlipPhone, a throwback to the pre-smartphone era, and as modern as the PearPhone 6, a parody of the iPhone 5. In between there’s the PearPhone G1 (original iPhone), followed by the G5, 2G, GX, and XT.
The phones get their pear shape starting with the GX, meant to resemble the iPhone 4/4s.
Features include everything from the light-up Pear logo to virtual assistants (called Cherri instead of Siri), messaging, and a “Track my PearPhone” app.
Fun fact: In season 5 of iCarly, the PearPhone GX was broken continuously: once by blender, once by falling from up high, and once by bathtub water damage.
Photo via Dan Schneider’s Instagram
Second only to the PearPhone in popular usage is the PearBook, a play on Apple’s Macbook line.
Its software appears to be a mixture of Apple’s OS X and Microsoft’s Windows XP — but bear in mind, on set it’s just a green screen!
Models seen include the PearBook 1, the PearBook 2, the PearBook 3 and the PearBook Pro. Like all MacBooks, these laptops feature light-up logos on the back and are sleeker with every new edition.
Apple’s iPad was parodied first with the PearPad 1, a humongous tablet about five or more times the size of an iPad to poke fun at its size. Then there is the PearPad Mini, which is much more reasonably sized, followed by the PearPad 2, which is pear-shaped.
There’s also a PearPad 3, which has an improved screen, and PearPad Mini (second generation), which is basically the PearPad 3 at a slightly reduced size.
Not to be confused with PearPads, PearPods are Nickelodeon’s impersonation of Apple’s iPod and its many iterations. There’s the PearPod Touch, the PearPod Shuffle (used by Andre’s grandmother on “Victorious”) and the PearPod Classic.
Unsurprisingly, the sightings of PearPods dropped once the PearPhone was popularized, as the musical functionality PearTunes is simply built into phones. Sounds a lot like iTunes and the iPhone. Go figure!
Other Pear Products
Though included less prominently, we’ve also seen other fun Pear products appear from time to time. These include Pear TV, a play on Apple TV, Pear Care, a parody of Apple Care, and the iPear, an iMac copy. There’s also the Pear Store, the PearCloud and… I think you get the picture.
The wide use of Pear Products really shines the light on the technology we use from day to day, and pokes fun at the fact that a lot of it is named after fruit! Whether it’s the Apple phone, PearPhone, or the fabled Banana Phone, lets agree it’s all more appealing (a-peeling?) than a device named after a vegetable.
Dan Schneider is an American actor, TV and film actor, and producer. Dan Schneider has devoted his life to behind-the-scenes production of hit shows on Nickelodeon including “All That,” “The Amanda Show,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Drake & Josh,” “Zoey 101,” “iCarly,” “Victorious,” “Sam & Cat,” “Henry Danger,” and “Game Shakers.”