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Here’s something you don’t hear every day. Actor Tom Hanks participated in an App Store interview this afternoon, in an effort to promote his new iPad app ‘Hanx Writer.’ The conversation happened via Twitter, with Mr. Hanks answering questions asked by the official App Store account.

Hanx Writer aims to recreate the experience of a manual typewriter on the iPad, with authentic sounds and graphics. And while there are already a host of similar apps on the App Store, early reviews say that none of them come close to Hanx in terms of polish and attention to detail…


Here’s a description of the app:

Behold, Hanx Writer, created by Tom Hanks. Hanx Writer recreates the experience of a manual typewriter, but with the ease and speed of an iPad.“With Hanx Writer, you’ll hear the rhythm of your work with SHOOK SHOOK or FITT-FITT.” – Tom Hanks

No longer must you surrender modern luxuries, like the DELETE key, to enjoy the look, feel, and sound of good, old-fashioned word-processing. Each document crafted in Hanx Writer can be emailed, printed, and shared and has its own unique statement-making personality.

Explore the Hanx Writer typewriter collection. The Hanx Prime Select is the writer’s best friend and it’s FREE; the Hanx 707 is bold enough for any journey; and the Hanx Golden Touch is sleek and elegant. Discover the unique features each typewriter has to offer. You already know how to work them – now get writing!

And one more screenshot:

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When asked what inspired him to create Hanx Writer, Mr. Hanks answered because he missed the sensation of manual typewriters—particularly the sound. “Cause I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge. Bang bang clack-clack-clack puckapuckapuckapucka,” he said.

Between the typewriting textures, and the small feature set, this app is clearly meant for a niche audience. And for those of you who think you fall into that niche, you can find Hanx Writer in the App Store for free. Note: there are a handful of IAPs for themes and other customizations.

To read the full Tom Hanks interview, click here.

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    Pizza pizza

  • A’s Network

    I don’t mean to sound stupid here, but can someone please tell me who Tom Hanks is?

    • madmaxmedia

      Search IMDB for him

      • A’s Network


    • No way.

    • Beat Modz

      Have You Heard Of Google ?

    • Marcus

      Lol you must not live in America. He’s a very famous and great actor so that’s all you need to know.

    • Wow, seriously? Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Privet Ryan, DaVinci Code and more recently, Captain Phillips

      • Niclas


    • Rowan09

      Wow now I feel old. The number 2 game in the AppStore on free apps is “Run Forest Run” which is based on the movie “Forest Gump” in which Tom Hanks is the star.

  • Mark Babatunde

    Did Mr. Hanks write the code for this app?

    • I doubt that, I’ve not heard of him knowing how to code. It’s always possible though

  • BoardDWorld

    Love it! Even if Jony Ive doesn’t…

  • Keabsy

    Now we wait for someone to make a jailbreak tweak that allows the use of this keyboard on any app haha

    • I downloaded long ago keyboard sounds that made your phone keyboard sound like a typewriter, pair that with a typewriter styled theme and viola! You have a mobile typewriter 😀

  • Dan

    Seeing how he has aged (Hanks), makes me feel old lol