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This time it’s personal

A developer’s initial Apple Watch impressions

I’ve been building software, in one form or another, for the best part of 40 years. Starting with an 8-bit microprocessor with 256 bytes of RAM, through to several generations of Macs, iPhones, and now Apple Watch, I’ve written code for almost every programmable platform I’ve owned1. Invariably I write one-or-more programs that are for my (or my family’s) personal use on those devices.

Here’s the thing: The more personal a device is, the more motivated I am to write personally meaningful software for it.

It seems that the more personal (intimate, in Apple’s words) the hardware is, the more eager I am to build personally useful software for it. Hopefully I’ll be super-keen to code for my Apple ContactLens in 2025!

  1. Fun fact: The Apple Watch has 2 million times more RAM than that first machine. ↩︎

  2. As an Australian, in one of the first time-zones to receive Apple Watches, it was hard to find web answers to things like code-signing issues. No one, outside of lucky WatchKit labs people, had run into, and written about, the issues. ↩︎