Walt Mossberg’s Goodbye WSJ Column Is Full of Apple Devices

Walt Mossberg’s Goodbye WSJ Column Is Full of Apple Devices

Walt Mossberg and Steve Jobs at the D conference.

After 22 years at the Wall Street Journal reviewing technology, columnist Walt Mossberg is moving on. In his final column, Mossberg picks the 12 devices that had the most impact over the years.

“I chose these 12 because each changed the course of digital history by influencing the products and services that followed, or by changing the way people lived and worked,” Mossberg writes.

One company completely dominates the list. Guess which one it is (and what devices he chose)?

Here is Mossberg’s full list:

1. Newton MessagePad (1993)
2. Netscape Navigator (1994)
3. Windows 95 (1995)
4. The Palm Pilot (1997)
5. Google Search (1998)
6. The iPod (2001)
7. Facebook (2004)
8. Twitter (2006)
9. The iPhone (2007)
10. Android (2008)
11. The MacBook Air (2008)
12. The iPad (2010)

Apple has five devices out of 12! Talk about dominating. Like a boss. Except Google, none of the other companies has more than one product on the list. And most people think Microsoft was the most important company of the PC era!

I think he could have included even more Apple products, especially iTunes and the App Store, which has completely changed the way people get software. Are there any others he should have included?

  • TechShizzle

    Uncle Walt left off AOL. It was the precursor to Navigator, and introduced MANY people to online chatting, email, as well as browsing.

    And all of those CDs were great for mobiles and coasters.

  • marsk

    iMac (1998)

  • tool022611

    I’m suprided the first retina macbook wasn’t on there.

  • HerbalEd

    I’m suprided the first retina macbook wasn’t on there.

    You’re joking right? You don’t really think that the MB Retina actually significantly changed the way people lived and worked, do you. Hey, I love my MB Retina but it for sure hasn’t changed my life.

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney and Facebook.

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