Local teen creates apps for Apple

Posted: December 13, 2012

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Logan Apple’s fortuitous last name has not been lost on the 13-year-old.

The eighth-grader at Adm. Richard E. Byrd Middle School has a crop of red hair and auburn freckles, but it’s his mastery of the computer that gives his last name special meaning.

“I find it very ironic,” Logan said with a grin full of braces.

During the past year, he has programmed and developed four gaming applications for technology giant Apple Inc.

His apps can be found in the online Apple Store, where people download them to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

“I just experiment with new ideas, and I taught myself everything I know,” he said. “I’ve always been a big advocate for leaning into the future and seeking new technologies.”

Logan created his first computer game when he was 10. Shortly afterward, he designed his own website, xstargaming.webs.com. He is also the president and chief executive officer of his copyrighted company, X Star.

Logan’s passion for math and science and his love for computers soon spurred him to begin programming and developing apps.

Each endeavor involves writing code, importing pictures, creating graphics and using math equations to determine factors such as length, width, speed, and gravity.

“Every computer is blank, and I just spark the code into life,” he said.

Logan’s first gaming app was called Sun Eclipse, which he created over a couple of months during the summer. The gamer must fire at approaching enemies in space to stay alive.

Another one of his games is Space Edge, and he plans a release soon for the apps Wonderjump and Wonderjump Christmas Edition, in which the gamer directs a green thumb-shaped creature to jump and bounce on enemies.

More than 400 copies of Logan’s apps have been downloaded by people all over the world, from Korea to Brazil to China. From Nov. 4 to 11, 258 people downloaded them.

Along with his free apps, Logan has created some paid ones. Of these, he has sold 25 copies — netting him $35 in two months. He has also made $15 in advertisements.

Logan’s endeavors don’t come without a price — his parents have invested about $1,000 in equipment and programs to help their son achieve his dreams. He must also pay $100 a year to develop with Apple Inc., which pays him 70 percent of all sales.

“He’s the kind of kid who’s happy when he gets an external hard drive for a present,” said his mother Theresa, who works for Science Applications International Corp., a defense contractor headquartered in McLean.

“He has a passion, he has a drive; we just encourage him to get a little more rounded,” she added.

In response to this, Logan reminded his mother that he handles light and sound management for school productions and occasionally participates in archery and tennis.

Logan’s father Todd drives a bus for the Winchester Public Schools and is pursuing his teaching license.

Logan’s next project is to create Immortal Realm — a computer game with a Greek and Roman mythological theme.

He also wants to create a tablet that will be used solely for gaming.

But he won’t stop there.

“I would love to be doing this when I’m older,” Logan said, “but hopefully on a much larger scale.”

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com