14-Year-Old App Developer is Apple-Approved

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Pierce Freeman is no ordinary teenager. The super smart 14-year-old Bay Area eighth grader recently developed his very first Apple-approved application, making him one of the youngest app developer in the world.

Pierce's CardShare app allows people to trade virtual business cards and personal info through the iPhone. The process is completely electronic, so you can share your phone number, email address and Twitter or Facebook accounts without having to type out your new contact's details.

"I did this whole thing primarily out of school," the self-taught developer told Forbes.com. "I talked to some of my friends and teachers briefly about how they would use an app like this. But most of the sketching and everything was done at home, after school or on the weekends."
Pierce is clearly a self-starter. The enterprising teen also runs an animal photography business and designs websites in his spare time. However, it hasn't been easy finding a group of people in Pierce's age bracket who have the same interests and talents as he does.

"I have never met another 14, 15 or 16-year-old, even a 17 or 18-year-old who programs for the iPhone and for the Mac and then integrates this with web services," he said. "I assume there are maybe a very select few out there, and I'm very proud to be one of them. But there's definitely not some online forum or other discussion site where I could interact with kids. So I had most of my questions answered by the really nice people in the Mac independent software community. They guided me through the steps to create this, and I'm really appreciative for all their help."

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