The Most Influential Gear of All Time: Apple iPhone

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Apple iPhone     Photo: Yutaka Tsutano

Though Apple’s iPhone wasn’t the first device to bundle phone and data capabilities, it was surely the device that brought that technology to the masses. The original iPhone combined a mobile phone, a 3.5-inch widescreen iPod, Web-browsing capabilities, and its own software programs that mimicked GPS, reported the weather and kept its owner trained and entertained. Ever since, the Internet and the great outdoors have been inextricably combined: hiking maps, river levels, and weather conditions can be checked in real time, from the trail. During their November 2011 attempt of a new route on Yosemite’s El Capitan, professional climbers Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell used their iPhones to tweet, post photos and update their blogs, all while dangling thousands of feet above the ground.

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