This 13 Year Old App Developer Puts Us All To Shame


13 years old and already has more apps in the App Store than I do.
13 years old and already has more apps in the App Store than I do.

Last year, Nicholas G. was 12-years-old. He convinced his dad to get him a developer account from Apple, and began to learn how to program apps.

Nicholas is now 13, and the second update to his first app, Quick Notes!!, is out on the App Store. Version 1.0, says Nicholas, has already accrued over 3,000 downloads. How many downloads did your app have when you were 13? Mine didn’t have any. It still doesn’t.

Better yet? Nicholas hasn’t taken a programming class, at school or on the internet.

Two years ago, Nicholas’ older brother moved away to college, and got a new Macbook Pro. Nicholas got the hand-me-down Mac at first, but was eventually given the family iMac, since the hand-me-down wasn’t able to load XCode on. “The only thing I knew (how to do),” he told Cult of Mac in an email, “was the open bracket and then the closed one. They would both highlight and it made me feel like I knew something (it really did nothing). Then I just kept playing around in Xcode to fine the interface builder with all the neat objects.”

After a month or two of playing around like this, Nicholas got his developer account. He went ahead and created QuickNote!! 1.0 and released it to the iTunes App Store. The update to his universal app went live today, with the following description:

Easiest Note Taking App In The World! Open the app take a note and that is it! The text, note image, text color, and text font all save automatically, so you don’t have to do a thing!

What’s new in this update? Lots of cool stuff, apparently:

Brand New Design
Brand New Load Images
Brand New Home Screen Icon
Save Note
Change Note Image
Change Note Color
Change Text Font
And Much Much More

I’m not sure what much much more, exactly, is included, but it sure sounds neat. Nicholas wants to continue to make great apps, so every little download will probably help. He’s even created a trademark on his own business name, NicMac.

I, for one, like supporting young developers who make useful apps like this so that they can continue to make even better apps long into the future, which they will rule.

Thanks, Nicholas, for sharing your story!

Source: App Store


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