Apple CEO Tim Cook lauds 9-year-old Indian girl for developing iOS app

An 8-year-old Dubai-based Indian girl got a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook for designing an iOS app for iPhones for achieving the feat at such as young age. 

Hana Muhammad Rafeeq wrote a letter to Cook in which she claimed to be the “youngest app developer” and explained how she developed the app, reported Gulf News. Hana and her parents were elated to find that the Apple top boss replied to Hana’s mail and congratulated her on achieving the feat at such as young age. 

“I created and published an Apple mobile application at the age of eight. I got introduced to coding by the age of five and it seems I am the youngest in the world to achieve this. In addition, I almost avoided using any third-party ready-made codes, libraries, or classes in my app. I hand-wrote more than 10,000 lines of codes for this app. Please have a quick preview,” she wrote, sharing the YouTube links of her works,” read Hana’s leader, according to the Gold News report. 

In the letter, Hana, now 9, introduced herself as an Indian girl born and brought up in Dubai. 

“Hana, Congratulations on all of your impressive achievements at such a young age! Keep at it and you will do amazing things in the future. Best, Tim,” read his reply. 

Published on App Store, Hana’s app is called ‘Hana’s. It allows parents to record bedtime stories for children. The free app also has short stories, bedtime stories and moral and classic stories for children. 

Hana explained that she developed the app to help parents who don’t have the time to read out stories to children. The 9-year-old wants to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference next year. 

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