Kevin Lynch: The Man Behind the Software on Apple Watch

Apple VP Kevin Lynch speaks about the watch presented by Apple during an event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California September 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Courtesy Apple

Former Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, now runs Apple’s team working on the software for Apple Watch.

On September 9, Lynch took the stage to demo the company’s entry into the wearable market. Lynch showed off many features of the Apple Watch including a new way to communicate by using drawings or sending your heartbeat, as well as the integration of Siri into the wearable device. However, Lynch had to work hard to get to the position he’s in today.


Lynch had a passion for technology from a very young age and went on to study interactive computer graphics at the University of Illinois. Ironically, Lynch started off as a software developer for the Mac platform, creating his first applications while in university.

Lynch joined Adobe in 2005 as a part of an acquisition when the the company acquired Macromedia. Up until March 2013, Lynch was Adobe’s CTO and often criticized Apple for not allowing their iOS devices to run Adobe Flash.

“We feel confident that were Apple and Adobe to work together as we are with a number of other partners, we could provide a terrific experience with Flash on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.”

In 2013, it was confirmed that Lynch would be joining Apple as their vice president of technology and that he would be reporting directly to Bob Mansfield.

Lynch appears to have fit in well at Apple and Tim Cook appears to have great trust in him, allowing him to be the first person to demo the Apple Watch.

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Apple Watch will be released in early 2015 and will come in three versions: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport, and Apple Watch Edition. Apple’s wearable device is set to start at $349, which will presumably be the smaller version of the base Apple Watch. At the higher end, the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition, could cost up to $1,200.

Read CNET’s full story about Kevin Lynch and how he got to be in the position he’s in today.