TIME’s newest list of the 50 most influential gadgets of all time has just been published, and it comes as no surprise that Apple’s iPhone is at the top of the list as the most influential gadget of all time, followed by Sony’s Trinitron color TV and Apple’s Macintosh in second and third spots. The list, which is ordered by influence, was assembled and deliberated on at extreme length by the publication’s technology and business editors, writers and reporters.
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.
What really made the iPhone so remarkable, however, was its software and mobile app store, introduced later. The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks.
In addition to the iPhone and Mac, Apple has three more devices on the list i.e. the iPod coming in at #9, the iPad at #26 and the iBook at #38. Other notable gadgets on the list include Sony’s Walkman and PlayStation, Nintendo’s Entertainment System, Wii and Game Boy, Blackberry 6210, Google’s NEST and Google Glass, as well Roku Netflix Player and the original Fitbit.
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