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  • Smells Like Teen Spirit Inside iOS Dev Community


    It's a headline that will leave some hankering for the classic Nirvana track that defined a generation. Teen spirit is, indeed, alive and well... especially inside the Apple developer community. And the Cupertino, California-based tech giant couldn't be happier about it - or more supportive.

    As highlighted in a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the teen iOS developer community is a prized-possession for Apple. Even if you're not among this youthful breed, you may still be well aware of the reality that a growing number of teens are joining the "app-making frenzy." And Apple wants to see the frenzy expand further.

    This month, at WWDC 2012, Apple for the first time allowed developers under the age of 18 to attend. While they didn't constitute the bulk of attendees, developers from ages 13 to 17 were present. 150 teens with scholarships to permit the $1,599 entrance fee were there. Apple even "arranged a student lounge with beanbag chairs and Skittles, and invited their parents to chaperone," the WSJ reports.

    "We used to think that inviting students as young as 18 years old was great," said Apple's marketing chief, Phil Schiller. But iOS developers are getting even younger and younger. "We would get emails after the developer conference from students, 16, 15, 14 years old, saying I already have X number of apps in the app store. I'm a developer. Can I take part in this too?"

    As a result of the interest and aspirations of younger iOS developers, Apple is wholeheartedly embracing their optimism and youthful vigor. And, based on the comments of Schiller and other Apple insiders, the iDevice maker couldn't possibly have more faith in the next generation of Apple app makers.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Smells Like Teen Spirit Inside iOS Dev Community started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. dimpoblimpo's Avatar
      dimpoblimpo -
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      this is great go you little youngsters.
    1. turdsmoka's Avatar
      turdsmoka -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      No. It's not.
    1. dxe's Avatar
      dxe -
      awsome
    1. Xx_Illusions_xX's Avatar
      Xx_Illusions_xX -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      How is this sad? Their doing it because it's something that they love or like to do! Like people like to bowl, play some golf or play tennis. Don't insult other people because you can't make apps. Don't be an Adam Henry. Have a nice day =)
    1. Maxime Caudebec's Avatar
      Maxime Caudebec -
      this happened to me last week! i was in a huge conversation with apple dev support and I was really really disappointed when they said I was underage

      you still cant join the iOS developer program unless your 18
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      Lol true that man.
    1. Tony1979's Avatar
      Tony1979 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      I want to express how hilarious your statement is, and yet all too sad at the same time. You wrote one sentence and it spoke volumes.
    1. EVO's Avatar
      EVO -
      Quote Originally Posted by tridley68 View Post
      this is great go you little youngsters.
      one day you'll end up working for them

      I know i probably will (speaking from a programmer's perspective)
    1. expl0itfinder's Avatar
      expl0itfinder -
      on a different note, nirvana rocks. listening to love buzz right now, awesome song
    1. n0id's Avatar
      n0id -
      I think it's great, the job market are constantly looking for ios dev's and offering 6 figure salaries, I'm glad to see many kids under the age of 18 taking part at such a young age, kinda makes me wish I was a millennium baby..
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      They make money doing it, why say that's sad? They're being responsible you know, it's a valuable skill. Being a developer is a profitable job so why not?
    1. Gamemaster77's Avatar
      Gamemaster77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dimpoblimpo View Post
      kind of sad, go out and ride a bike
      I'm in the mist of learning a programming language and developing a game with someone who already knows some. Not sad at all, in fact we both ride our bikes quite often.
    1. ayeyobro's Avatar
      ayeyobro -
      I think it's awesome how many kids are learning to code and becoming succesful. What's wrong with that?
    1. RyoSaeba's Avatar
      RyoSaeba -
      Then why is the kid using a Dell?
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Quote Originally Posted by RyoSaeba View Post
      Then why is the kid using a Dell?
      How do you know it's a Dell?
    1. LTechTalk's Avatar
      LTechTalk -
      It's better to have teens on the jailbreak community
    1. H4CK3R's Avatar
      H4CK3R -
      Quote Originally Posted by LTechTalk View Post
      It's better to have teens on the jailbreak community
      Better ideas in my opinion.
    1. skaterman665's Avatar
      skaterman665 -
      Lmao I'm learning programming an I'm a skater and biker, in outside all day xD at night on the other hand...
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by skaterman665 View Post
      Lmao I'm learning programming an I'm a skater and biker, in outside all day xD at night on the other hand...
      Your sleeping?