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Nov 1, 2007, 09:15 AM
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Nov 1, 2007, 09:20 AM
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The Associated Press
Article Launched: 10/31/2007 09:01:00 PM PDT

SAN JOSE - The most talked-about cell phone is getting more juice for the jabber. Time magazine has named the iPhone "Invention of the Year."

Apple Inc.'s latest darling topped dozens of other creations that made leaps in environmentally friendly technology, molecular science, robotics or military uses. The photogenic personality of the sleek, hybrid cell phone-iPod media player didn't hurt either.

"Intel's 45-nanometer (parts for chips) - that's a serious deal, but it's a lot less glamorous than the iPhone even though it's important," said Lev Grossman, a Time staff writer who covers technology and helped select the magazine's annual honorees.

Yet the gadget's celebrity chic was not the core reason, according to Grossman's story, which appears in Friday's issue.

The iPhone's design and beauty contribute to its appeal, but its functionality and features are what gets people talking. The features themselves may not be groundbreaking, but the way in which Apple presents them is.

Take the iPhone's touch screen. Apple neither invented nor reinvented the technology, Grossman contends, but "Apple knew what to do with it."

The wide-ranging impact of the iPhone - on the cell phone industry and how it will evolve into an ever more useful handheld computer - is only beginning, he concludes.

Last year's winning invention was the online video site YouTube.

Nov 1, 2007, 09:45 AM
I love my iPhone but I really do not consider it an invention. Call me crazy. Innovation, sure. But it does not do anything 100% new. Multitouch has been around for some time...so has just about everything else on the phone. Sure it is the best mobile browser on a phone, the best UI on a phone, etc, etc, but keyword is BEST, not first.

Nov 1, 2007, 10:22 AM
invention is far fetched, but innovation is not so sensationalist. :o

it's ****ing brilliant though :cool:

i love mine. *hugs iphone* :D

Nov 1, 2007, 11:13 AM
Next week Friday! Woo hoo.

Nov 1, 2007, 11:34 AM
Here is the link from time.com

Everyone should be able to access that link.

Nov 1, 2007, 12:29 PM
ow imagine something that's going to make the iPhone look that primitive. You'll have one in a few years. It'll be very cool. And it'll be even cheaper. 

This seems to be missed off by the majority of people when talking about iPhone. Well done to Time for researching and showing insight beyond what a lot of the tech press. Yes the iPhone is not perfect, but it is revolutionary.

Nov 1, 2007, 01:34 PM
Time also called it the first real walkaround handheld computer, or words to that effect.

That's incorrect on so many levels, physically, historically, operating system wise, and so forth, that it's hard to know where to start.

Nov 1, 2007, 02:58 PM
In fact, the iPhone is a handheld computer. How can it be considered anything else? I'd like to hear more on this claim that calling the iPhone a walkaround computer is wrong on many levels.

Perhaps the iPhone is not a "real" computer because it lacks a floppy drive. Hmmm? :p

Nov 1, 2007, 03:07 PM
Sorry had to quit reading the article when the first reason he gives is that it is pretty. :rolleyes:
So is my wife, but she didn't get the invention/procreation award of the year when she was born.
He makes some good points about how its going to force everyone to improve their phones, but as said before, I wouldn't actually call it an "invention" per se.