32-bit clang deficiencies on Mac OS X

I was pulling my hair out getting this compiler message tonight:

warning: property 'x' requires method 'x' to be defined - use @synthesize, @dynamic or provide a method implementation in this class implementation [-Wobjc-property-implementation]

According to Apple’s Objective C documentation:

By default, these accessor methods are synthesized automatically for you by the compiler, so you don’t need to do anything other than declare the property using @property in the class interface.

And yet, there was the compiler telling me otherwise! It turns out there’s a huge caveat that I don’t see mentioned in the docs anywhere: auto-synthesis of properties only works in 64 bit targets. If you are also including 32 bit targets in your build (as I was) then you have to do the whole manual synthesis thing. Yuck.

Thanks, random Stack Overflow commenter, for pointing this out!

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