Britons vote Apple iPhone as history’s 8th most important invention

Apple Online Store “A study of 4,000 consumers also placed the Apple smart phone – which has sold 42 million units since its launch in 2007 – ahead of the car, camera and flushing toilet,” The BBC reports.

“The wheel was voted as the most important invention in history, with the aeroplane in second place, the lightbulb third, the worldwide web fourth and computers fifth,” The Beeb reports. “Other inventions to make the top ten included Graham Bell’s telephone in sixth place, followed by Sir Alexander Flemming’s discovery of Penicillin.”

“The iPhone came eighth, while Thomas Crapper’s flushing toilet was ninth,” The Beeb reports. “The internal combustion engine came tenth.”

The Beeb reports, “Lance Batchelor, Chief Executive Officer of Tesco Mobile, which carried out the nationwide research among 18-65 year-olds, said: ‘All of the inventions included in this list have changed the world forever. Whether it be something as small as a paper clip, to something which changed the face of the universe like the combustion engine, these amazing feats have all been recognized as truly great. It’s amazing to see how much the iPhone is valued, sitting alongside inventions such as Penicillin in people’s perceptions and being declared a more important invention than miracle gadgets of their own time, such as the compass. No wonder the iPhone has been flying off the shelves at Tesco, as it allows us to have everything we need at our finger tips.'”

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  1. You mean a three year old device that is already behind on tech specs to many other phones? And apparently converts your photos, music files, and other data to a proprietary format unusable by any other mobile device?*


    * as recently “proven” by Jessica Mintz, AP Technology Writer

  2. seriously… the iPhone?

    The Computer
    The Internet
    The Number Zero
    Written Language
    Nuclear Fission

    Would have been some of the ones I thought of off the top of my head and including “The iPhone” in that list is laughable.

  3. @theloniousMac
    Of course it’s ridiculous. It’s simply the current state of popular historical perspective. I love my iPhone, but I’d give it up before I’d give up my indoor flushing toilet. Let’s get real.

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