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  • iPad One of "Top 50 Inventions of 2010"


    Time Magazine has published its picks for the top 50 inventions of 2010, and the iPad is right at the top of the list. As the accompanying article notes astutely, though, the iPad is not an invention per se, but a reinvention of a product that had pretty much been left for dead.

    Tablet computers, after all, are far from a new invention. The pen tablet was developed in the mid-80s at a Boston-area startup, and touchscreen PCs have been around since the early part of this century. However, the technology never caught on. “In theory," Time correspondent Harry McCracken writes in his article, 'the iPad is merely a follow-up to such resoundingly unpopular slate-style computers as Microsoft’s Tablet PC." However, he observes, Apple is good at "reinventing a product category that its competitors have given up on," and achieved success with the iPad because they were "the first company that designed finger-friendly hardware and software from scratch rather than stuffing a PC into a keyboardless case."

    Including the iPad itself, three of the six best inventions in the Technology section had to do with iOS. The Flipboard app - which combines updates from Facebook, Twitter, and RSS feeds in a graphically appealing magazine style layout - was also singled out for praise. Time also honored the Square credit card reader for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android as one of the year's top innovations.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPad One of "Top 50 Inventions of 2010" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 22 Comments
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      iPad is Apple revolution...
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      I honestly don't consider the iPad a tablet computer mainly because it lacks the basic features of what a tablet is. That being said, in my prospective view, the iPad an okay product, will I buy one? No, simply because I already have an iPhone 4 and it's basically the same thing, software wise. However, I still wouldn't buy one either way, it's just not for me, unless they integrate Mac OSX onto the iPad, then that's a different story.


      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
    1. Infeneon's Avatar
      Infeneon -
      Apple, once again, shows it's innovation on making a "dead" product become super useful, since the iPad basically started the tablet wars.

      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      However, I still wouldn't buy one either way, it's just not for me, unless they integrate Mac OSX onto the iPad, then that's a different story.
      Personally, I believe Mac OSX will be integrated with the iPad, seeing that tablets are going to eclipse the laptop and the desktop.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I love how number 2 is an iPad app
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      Not a big fan of the iPad but good to see apple making an impact in reinventing technology
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      The title is misleading.

      I read it as "iPad is one of the top 50 inventions of 2010"

      which made my say "I hope it would make the list >_<"


      anyways, congrats to the apple empire
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      Anything apple "reinvents" is going to be huge. The apple logo and brand name is just Soo big in today's technological society. Much love to apple though. I love my iDevice. It's just not fair when it comes to the wars between apple and it's competitors. Apple just automatically gets the upper hand by being apple.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Daniel Ash View Post
      Time correspondent Harry McCracken
      HEHE!

      Anyway, iPad Top 50...no brainer!
    1. Christian Bale's Avatar
      Christian Bale -
      So they took the ipod touch, made it giant and it's one of the best inventions of 2010? Means there wasn't much innovation in 2010. And I'm seriously laughing at apple fanboys thinking the ipad is a "revolution".
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Christian Bale View Post
      So they took the ipod touch, made it giant and it's one of the best inventions of 2010? Means there wasn't much innovation in 2010. And I'm seriously laughing at apple fanboys thinking the ipad is a "revolution".
      Whether you like Apple or don't you can't deny that they have had a huge impact on the emerging "tablet wars" with the introduction of iPad and that in and of itself could be considered revolutionary. I mean seriously with no iPad there likely wouldn't be a galaxy tab, a viewpad and the plethora of others that will either be market bound or vaporware!
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      have to say, I still think the iPad is just a big iPod Touch, but it is still pretty cool.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Whether you like Apple or don't you can't deny that they have had a huge impact on the emerging "tablet wars" with the introduction of iPad and that in and of itself could be considered revolutionary. I mean seriously with no iPad there likely wouldn't be a galaxy tab, a viewpad and the plethora of others that will either be market bound or vaporware!
      The fact that it had an impact on the "tablet wars" doesn't make the ipad any more innovative. The iPhone was innovative when it was launched. Since then, little "innovative" has been done with the hardware IMO. Sure we added faster ships, more ram, more storage space, but the same thing goes for computers when comparing them to older models. Those facts alone do not equal innovation IMO.
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      I still don't know a single person that has one of these things.
    1. athleticswimmer's Avatar
      athleticswimmer -
      so what if the ipad is an enlarged ipod touch? would you rather look at your mail, browse safari, and even play games on the ipod's screen or the ipad's screen! of course it's on the top 50 list... and yes for you anti-fanboys out there the ipad is fricken revolutionary!!!...suck it!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by babyydaveyy View Post
      Anything apple "reinvents" is going to be huge. The apple logo and brand name is just Soo big in today's technological society. Much love to apple though. I love my iDevice. It's just not fair when it comes to the wars between apple and it's competitors. Apple just automatically gets the upper hand by being apple.
      if you look at almost any industry, there is usually one brand that comes out with a similar product as other brands but because its a big name, its better. Clothes are big on this

      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      I honestly don't consider the iPad a tablet computer mainly because it lacks the basic features of what a tablet is. That being said, in my prospective view, the iPad an okay product, will I buy one? No, simply because I already have an iPhone 4 and it's basically the same thing, software wise. However, I still wouldn't buy one either way, it's just not for me, unless they integrate Mac OSX onto the iPad, then that's a different story.
      Sent from my iPhone 4 using ModMyi
      i agree with you on the ipad not being a computer tablet, but i consider it a tablet. you really have to leave out the computer part. I love the ipad mainly because it is similar in technology to the iphone, but when you find certain applications on ipad, you'll see that it is so much more capable than the iphone. Certain games alone make you feel like this. But i still want to see Mac OSX on it, and im sure when apple can have the power of a current macbook pro in the size of the ipad now with the same battry life, it will happen.
      some day
    1. chizzle187's Avatar
      chizzle187 -
      Everyone that is hating on the ipad is just mad because they dont have one lmao @ all the HATERS ! lol
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Lets hope they managed to finally create something without patent infringement.

      Quote Originally Posted by chizzle187 View Post
      Everyone that is hating on the ipad is just mad because they dont have one lmao @ all the HATERS ! lol
      I would consider an iPad to be FAR from a top 50 invention product. To me any product that saves lives or has the potential to save lives or enhance lives would be far more worthy of a top invention than some f**king luxury gadget.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      iPad... Top 50... DUH!


      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      I would consider an iPad to be FAR from a top 50 invention product. To me any product that saves lives or has the potential to save lives or enhance lives would be far more worthy of a top invention than some f**king luxury gadget.
      To be blunt, and short, there simply aren't enough of those kind of inventions every year.
    1. andy33711's Avatar
      andy33711 -
      Our iPad is the tech gear for our 15 months son; he is masterful at it. The price we paid for the iPad is worth every pennies.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by mvhurlburt View Post
      Whether you like Apple or don't you can't deny that they have had a huge impact on the emerging "tablet wars" with the introduction of iPad and that in and of itself could be considered revolutionary. I mean seriously with no iPad there likely wouldn't be a galaxy tab, a viewpad and the plethora of others that will either be market bound or vaporware!
      Actually, Apple was just the first to release theirs. Other companies have been working on theirs since before the release of the iPad. Another example of this is the war between XBOX and the PS3. The XBOX dropped first, had more games first, and sold more first. Walk into any Gamestop now and the XBOX games have been shoved into a tiny corner of the store and Sony has taken over the rest.