What you need to know
- Nikkei Asian Review has shared an interview with Masako Wakamiya.
- At 84-years-old, she is thought to be the world's oldest known iPhone app developer.
- She was even invited to WWDC by Apple, and Tim Cook said he found her "inspiring".
Nikkei Asian Review has shared an interview with Masako Wakamiya, who is thought to the world's oldest known iPhone app developer.
In the interview, she discussed topics including her first computer and her meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The report describes her saying:
Wakamiya discusses how she familiarised herself with early smartphones, and soon came up with the idea of a game based on Japan's annual doll festival, 'hinamatsuri'.
Coding an app at home whilst being guided over Skype by the president of an app development company would be a noble achievement for almost all of us, let alone an 81-year-old lady. Her endeavors gained her recognition to the point that she was contacted by Apple in Japan, who invited her to the U.S.
According to the report, she was told that someone "really wanted to meet her". Turns out it was, in fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook. Much to her surprise, he wanted to speak with her and look at her iPhone. She explained her app to him saying:
Cook said he found Wakamiya inspiring, and introduced her to WWDC as the world's oldest programmer the next day.
Wakamiya also discussed her other pursuits, including making speeches and traveling. She describes herself as an IT evangelist, and her ideas include investment funds backed by senior citizens which can provide backing to young entrepreneurs who wish to start businesses. She also discussed using an AI speaker in her home, how technology can aid the elderly, and 'excel art', which is about using spreadsheet software to create designs. She says amidst all of this, her goal is to remain creative.
You can read the full interview here.
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