Seven Apple products named to TIME Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Gadgets List, 1923-present

TIME technology editor Peter Ha picks the 100 greatest and most influential gadgets from 1923 to the present

Picking humanity’s 100 greatest gadgets is no easy task. If we were starting from the beginning of humanity itself, the list would actually be a lot easier to compile: the wheel, the lever, the telescope, the syringe, movable type — the roster practically writes itself. But we’re masochists and decided to limit the list to the 100 most influential personal gadgets created since 1923 — the year TIME started publishing. You’ll see a lot of items that get the nod simply because they were the first of their kind. First may not always be best, but it’s surely a sign of smart innovation. We’re sure you won’t agree with all of our choices, but what kind of list would it be without some controversy? Oh, and one thing we left completely up to you: our list is in no particular order, so feel free to pick your own No. 1.

Among TIME’s 100 “greatest and most influential gadgets” are several Apple products (click each one to read TIME’s entry):

• Apple iPod
Apple AirPort
• Apple iPad
• Apple PowerBook 100
Apple iPhone
• Apple QuickTake 100
• Apple Newton

Full article here.

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55 Comments

  1. Whenever anyone publishes any kind of top-something (10, 20, 50, 100) list, hundreds of people will chime in with their own versions of such a list.

    MDN has already started this thread, and I”m sure we’ll get many more contributions here.

    The point of the article, though, is that the Time magazine has included quite a few Apple products in this all-time list.

  2. Whenever anyone publishes any kind of top-something (10, 20, 50, 100) list, hundreds of people will chime in with their own versions of such a list.

    MDN has already started this thread, and I”m sure we’ll get many more contributions here.

    The point of the article, though, is that the Time magazine has included quite a few Apple products in this all-time list.

  3. I beg to differ. Airport was “influential”, as it ushered in the age of wifi routers. Weren’t the toilet seat iBooks, the first mass-market wifi laptops? Weren’t they connected to those gray Airports? Now we take wifi routers for granted. That’s influential.

  4. I beg to differ. Airport was “influential”, as it ushered in the age of wifi routers. Weren’t the toilet seat iBooks, the first mass-market wifi laptops? Weren’t they connected to those gray Airports? Now we take wifi routers for granted. That’s influential.

  5. As for the original Mac and Apple ][, it seems clear that Time defined “gadget” as something less than a desktop computer. Laptops, okay, or game consoles, but not desktop computers.

  6. As for the original Mac and Apple ][, it seems clear that Time defined “gadget” as something less than a desktop computer. Laptops, okay, or game consoles, but not desktop computers.

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