People say it is never too late to start new things. No one would object to that. But in reality, not many people have the guts to tackle things that are totally unfamiliar to them as they get older.

This can't be said, however, of Masako Wakamiya, an 82-year-old computer programmer and one of the world's oldest iPhone app developers.

"For a long time I've been involved in projects to support those who have problems dealing with digital equipment," Wakamiya said in an interview with The Japan Times. "I've earnestly felt I should persuade people to understand how important digital skills are (for the elderly)."