Hanx Writer, a typewriter simulator app designed by Hollywood actor Tom Hanks, has hit the top spot on Apple’s iTunes store.
The free app, which recreates an old-fashioned typewriter on your phone, only launched last week but has become instantly popular.
Hanks launched the app with a tweet, telling his more than nine million followers:
“The future. Will be written. On a #HanxWriter. This I vow. It’s free! Hanx.”
The app emulates all the features of classic typewriters – the ding when you finish a line, the keypad tones – but with one added feature: the ability to delete.
It offers an on-screen keyboard as well as being able to connect to the iPad over Bluetooth.
“I find it’s like music that spurs along the creative urge,” Hanks told a Twitter user about his decision to design the hit app.
— Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) August 14, 2014