Apple Watch, Surface Pro 3 and Blackphone make Time's Top 25 new inventions of 2014

Apple Watch, Surface Pro 3 and Blackphone make Time's Top 25 new inventions of 2014
Even though it has yet to sell one unit, the Apple Watch has been named one of the top 25 inventions of 2014 by Time magazine. Time says that the watch "wholly reimagines the computer for the wrist, using a novel interface that combines a touchscreen and physical buttons." The magazine also notes how Apple considers its smartwatch to be a fashion statement in addition to being a technology icon. Some of the features of the wearable pointed out by the newsweekly include receiving and sending messages, getting directions, making mobile payments, and tracking fitness metrics. The Apple Watch is rumored to launch on Valentine's Day next year.

Also making the top 25 is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. The business oriented tablet with a 12-inch screen, can be turned into a laptop using the optional Type Cover, and by employing the built-in "kickstand" on the back of the device. With Intel inside, 4 or 8GB of RAM on board, and as much as 512GB of native storage available, the specs crush those on the typical tablet. When Microsoft runs a comparative ad with the Surface Pro 3, it compares the device with a MacBook Air instead of the Apple iPad.

Also on the list is secure handset Blackphone. This phone runs a forked version of the Android OS, eliminating any feature that could make the phone vulnerable. Call are encrypted as are texts and the browser history. Blackphone isn't perfectly secure, however. As company CEO Toby Weir-Jones says, "It’s dangerous to assume anything is a magic invisibility cloak."

Inclusion on Time's list has nothing to do with sales. While the Surface Pro 3 got off to a slow start, things are reportedly picking up. But the Apple Watch won't go on sale until next year, and the Blackphone handset serves a niche market.

source: Time via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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1. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

The Apple Watch? REALLY?!? Invention? *sigh* It never ends does it...

8. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I honestly don't consider any of them as an invention.

12. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Came here to say this. 25 cool new tech products of 2014? Sure, absolutely. Inventions are something else.

38. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

The Apple watch is just an expensive ugly smartwatch, the Surface Pro 3 is just a tablet with a lot of features, and the blackphone is a secure android phone. I'd consider that the most work was put into the blackphone, then comes the surface pro 3, and then the AW.

40. dimas

Posts: 3404; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Times science writers must be asking their own mothers on what they think are inventions.

32. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Precisely! And any of the far-more-capable android watches are far more innovative/"inventive" than the iwatch, if an electronic wrist-worn device must be on the list. Heck, the Microsoft Band is an even better choice, if only because it works on all three major platforms, and is therefore agnostic of what device the user has, if any at all. Plus it's already on sale and well-received, decently priced, and well-designed/clever.

41. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Apple just have one thing: the name, and the fame and prestige than comes with it... Just that

44. TBomb

Posts: 1653; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

It's not even released yet... has it even been made "official" to released or just a rumor like the article says?

46. actuallyknowathingortwo

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Am I wrong or does the date say 2014? Apple isn't even selling the iWatch to the masses yet how does it qualify as an invention when its an apple version of smart watches that are already out?

56. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Clearly it's a paid-ad.

57. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's a iTime world afterall. I'm surprise iTime didn't mention the GALAXY EDGE with the curved screen typical. EDGE is a invention

2. koko1

Posts: 103; Member since: Dec 03, 2013

apple must be in everything we must create companies that dose not kiss apple a$$

48. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

man of the match : lionel messi (if you know ehat i mean)

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

How the f**k is the Apple Watch an invention??? It wasn't even one of the first smartwatches. iSheep...

58. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

You mean iTime

5. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

And today is the day where I started not to trust TIME

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Come on be kind to that magazine. Its an old magazine which will be lost in a few years because hardly anyone is still buying old newspapers or magazine's. Have some respect for the dead. Come on their eyes have to be going, because even through Apple announced the Apple Watch. No one has one until February of 2015.

35. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Meh, I haven't trusted them for years. This is just another in a long line of failings by that chitty magazine.

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Lol non of these three are innovative imo. Apple Watch has nice detachable straps, but other than that it's just another smartwatch. Surface 3 is just a Windows tablet, it has no innovation whatsovever. Just a big Surface 2 with different aspect ratio and a pen. Blackphone is pretty secure (not 100% though), but everything else in it is meh.

27. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

um, the SP3 isn't innovative? what other tablet out there is giving you i3, i5, and i7 processors in a device that thin? It's the THINNEST device Intel has put a chip inside of to date. also, it's not just a big Surface 2. the SP3 runs the full professional version on Win 8.1. the SP3 supports 4k and has higher resolution than most other tablets. even the apple watch shows signs of innovation. I just don't believe it should be on this list due to the fact that it's not even out yet!

28. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Innovation and invention are two different thing bro. Like, Edison invented the bulb and apple innovated the smartphone with their first iPhone.

47. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

looks like you have a tough time with reading comprehension. try again, "bro".

68. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

"what other tablet out there is giving you i3, i5, and i7 processors in a device that thin? It's the THINNEST device Intel has put a chip inside of to date." That's your definition of innovation, who has the best Intel chipset? Who cares if its intel in a tablet or not? Qualcomm and exynos make better chips for tablets and phones anyway..... Your comment reeks of fanboism

7. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

HAHA!!! WTH!! "include receiving and sending messages, getting directions, making mobile payments, and tracking fitness metrics" really am I reading an article regarding innovation? wooh all of these have been in android smartwatches esp samsung :D

10. palmguy

Posts: 986; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Should add when connected with an iPhone only it's possible to do those things. A $300 attachment.

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

There's something to consider here. I see a lot of people here seem to discredit what Apple did with the Apple Watch, that's a huge misconception. I can second Time's call with respect to a few key points. For one, Apple designs their own SoCs and with the Apple Watch they designed a custom SoC (the S1 to the uninitiated) which was dedicated to the smart watch, unlike what other manufactures with Android Wear have done which is take an old SoC from phones and throw it in the watch. This same thing was done with the "best Android Wear smartwatch" the Moto 360. The result? A watch with bad performance and optimizations. You can light up the Moto 360 and for a second it shows the time from the last time you turned it off until it re-adjusts itself. That is definitely not "smart" nor is it even watch-like. Also we need to reserve most judgments on the Apple Watch because it still needs to get out there but we've already seen ho Apple intends to make this a solid product

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

ur just stupid for that comment. now go drown in apple juice

23. sgodsell

Posts: 7533; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Do you even think before typing that crap. First of all I will give you some credit that no one has the Apple Watch because its not even under production right now. You even acknowledge that they don't even have the processor that is going to be used in the new Apple watch until next year. Apple only just released the SDK for their watch last week. As far as your statement regarding Android Wear having bad performance and optimizations. You are so wrong. I have a Moto 360 and their is nothing wrong with its performance. Their have been updates to Android Wear recently which have added better battery life and performance. Not to mention features that allow all Android Wear devices to be standalone MP3 players paired with a Bluetooth speaker or headset.

29. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Sorry, where exactly did acknowledge Apple not having designed the S1? Didn't they like demo those units weeks ago? Software updates don't equal having custom designed a chip, it's more like throwing a bunch of hacks together with duct tape and Elmer's glue. Especially when compared to someone who actually goes out there and does the engineering to make a solid product, get it?

30. chebner

Posts: 249; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I agree we do need to reserve judgement on the Apple Watch until it's released. That's one of the primary reasons it shouldn't even be on the list. I'm sure Apple does intend for it to be better than other smartwatches, but no one knows if they'll succeed. And even if it does succeed, is it really an invention? Innovation, maybe. Invention, NO! So what if they're designing a new SOC for the Apple Watch. How is that an invention? They are just making a chip that is designed specifically for a smartwatch. I guess you could call it innovation, but unless they INVENT some radically new tech that allows it to run a full month on a single charges it is not invention, it is just an optimized processor.

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