To give you an idea of just how much influence Apple has on the techno-gadget world, Time Magazine just announced ‘The 10 Best Gadgets of the 2010s‘. That time frame rules out iPhone, of course, but Apple managed to get 30-percent of the gadgets that Time reviewed.
Where does Apple sit on the list?
Patrick Lucas Austin explains how Time got there.
Over the last 10 years, thousands of products have been released, and while some are definitely “cooler” than others, their impact on the past decade, and the decade to come, is by no means identical… Technology exists to augment the human condition, to make people smarter, better, and ultimately, more human. From smartphones and drones to consoles and cars, the past decade has more than enough life-changing devices to choose from.
Let’s call this Tim Cook’s decade. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died a year after introducing the original iPad in 2010. Since then, Apple’s creations have come under Tim Cook’s guidance. Today’s AirPods line has brought in more revenue than the original iPod. That’s a remarkable testament since AirPods are mostly sold to Apple’s customers and iPods were sold mostly to Windows PC users.
Where does Apple fit on the list?
#10 – iPad
Its impressive multitouch display, complete abandonment of physical keys, and gargantuan selection of software and media created a perfect storm of entertainment that everyone could get on board with. And while competitors have had ample time to make laptops or detachable two-in-one computers to attack the iPad’s biggest pain points, Apple has continuously advanced the platform’s iPadOS and hardware (Apple Pencil, anyone?), making any nerd optimistic about the next decade of tablet computing.
#4 – Watch
While many have tried, no one has been able to match the polish and performance of the Apple Watch, which set the standard for what a smartwatch could do. Since its introduction in 2015, it’s gone from a device for early adopters and fashion-deficient nerds to a mainstream accessory, thanks to its smart software and ever-improving hardware. And as the Apple Watch expands its health-oriented features, it could become the easiest way to keep your health on track and your day on schedule.
#3 – AirPods
Like the iconic iPod before it, Apple’s AirPods have captured the hearts, minds and ears of music lovers looking to jam to some tunes. First released in 2016, AirPods quickly became an icon in their own right, both for their aesthetic appeal as well as their larger cultural impact… cutting-edge hardware and software evolved further in this year’s AirPods Pro, and helped cement them as the gold standard of truly wireless audio for music fans.
Watch and AirPods alone are bigger than iPod, so Tim Cook’s Apple is doing even better than Steve Jobs’ reign as Apple’s head honcho.
What else was on the list?
- Tesla Model S
- Raspberry Pi
- Google Chromecast
- DJI Phantom Drone
- Amazon Echo
- Nintendo Switch
- Xbox Adaptive Controller