Apple’s first foray into the world of wearable technology has been named one of 2014’s best inventions by a US news digest magazine, even though it’s not landing until next year.
Time named the Apple Watch, which some tech sector-watchers predict might not hit shop shelves until spring 2015, in its 25 best inventions of the last 12 months.
That’s a bit premature by anyone’s standards, especially given that first-gen devices are always prone to teething problems. And we’d lay money on the Apple Watch being no different, despite the uncommonly long time it has spent in development.
The Apple Watch was joined in the rundown by the Surface Pro 3 tablet, which represents Microsoft’s best tilt at a tablet so far and suggests that its future in the post-PC world might not be as bleak as assumed, as well as the security agency-baiting Blackphone.
Perhaps surprisingly, the SelfieStick (essentially a telescopic metal pole for taking wide-angle selfies) also tips up on the list.
Although we’re at pains to see quite how a bit of kit so unwieldy made the cut. Other than the possibility that the scribe writing the article thought it was a zeitgeisty item to include.
The list also includes a hoverboard, wireless electricity and, rather more grandly, India’s Mangalayaan Mars probe.