Tom Hanks develops typewriter app for the Apple iPad

Tom Hanks develops typewriter app for the Apple iPad
What is it about celebrities and QWERTY keyboards? Ryan Seacrest has his Typo 2 snap-on physical QWERTY keyboard for the Apple iPhone. And now, Tom Hanks has an app for the Apple iPad that brings back the old clickity-clack of a manual typewriter. The app, called Hanx Writer, allows you to type with the look and sound of a classic typewriter, including that bell sound you hear at the end of each line.

Hanx Writer is a free app, found in the Apple App Store. For $2.99 each, you can purchase additional fonts and sounds. If anyone knows about typewriters, it's Hanks. The actor once had a collection of typewriters that numbered 200. We wonder if he wrote "That Thing You Do" on one of those old models.

Even though Hanx Writer is supposed to replicate the sound, look and feel of using a typewriter, we are talking about  modern technology after all. That means that the typewriter QWERTY on the app includes a delete key, and features auto-correct.

source: HanxWriter via USAToday



1. naittosan

Posts: 243; Member since: Jun 28, 2014


2. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Lol, he looks like Tim Cook without glasses.

3. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Not even remotely true !

4. james.blunt.1973

Posts: 41; Member since: Dec 15, 2013


5. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Someone on reddit bribed Tom Hanks for an interview by sending him a vintage typewriter.

6. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Coolt. But should be all free. Not that Hanks need the cash.

7. jc914

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

What's a typewriter?

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Would be nice to have as an actual custom keyboard :)

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