iPhone tops TIME’s list of most influential gadgets of all time


TIME magazine has released its list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time.

The list, which was released on Tuesday and is nice nostalgic look into the world of tech, features gadgets which TIME says “forever changed the way we live, work, and play”.

Topping the list is Apple’s iPhone, which TIME says “fundamentally changed our relationship to computing and information,” as well as help to influence the design of future smartphones and popularise the mobile app.

“Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007. Smartphones had technically existed for years, but none came together as accessibly and beautifully as the iPhone.

Apple’s device ushered in a new era of flat, touchscreen phones with buttons that appeared on screen as you needed them, replacing the chunkier phones with slide-out keyboards and static buttons.”

Original iPhone

Original iPhone

A few other Apple products also made their way into TIME’s list. The iBook made it into 38th spot for its design and being the first Wi-Fi laptop.

In 25th place was the iPad, which despite not being the first tablet, was “radically different to anything that came before it”, TIME says.

The iPod makes it to 9th place for helping to convince the world upgrade from their CD players and for helping iTunes to become the world’s biggest music retailer, as well as playing a significant role in helping Apple become the world’s most valuable tech company.

At number 3 on the list is the Apple Macintosh, which TIME says “set the standard for the way human beings interact with computers”.

There aren’t many Android devices on the list. In fact, there is just one: the Motorola Droid, which makes it to 20th place and is credited with being the first device to push Android into the mainstream when it launched in 2009.

The iPod and Sony Walkman both feature on the list.

The iPod and Sony Walkman both feature on the list.

Other gadgets of note included in the list sees the Sony Walkman come in at 4th, while the Atari 2600 and Nintendo Game Boy are positioned in 13th and 16th place respectively.

The TomTom GPS is at 22, the Commodore 64 makes the list in 26th position and the Nokia 3210, which went onto sell 160 million handset worldwide makes the list at 34 spot.

Google Glass is at 50th place in TIME’s list of the most influential gadgets of all time.

You can take a look at the full list via the source link below.

Source: TIME


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