THANKS to a Buckley entrepreneur iPhone owners can now have the X Factor experience.
Will Roberts, who left school with only one qualification, now runs a technology firm from his Buckley home which makes software for the iPhone.
The 33-year-old specialises in celebrity applications known as ‘apps’ with his latest app allowing users to have X Factor announcer Peter Dickson call out their names in his distinctive voice.
Will said: “We thought it was a good idea. The thought was ‘who would not want their name shouted out by Peter Dickson’?
“We got him in the studio and he read out a long script of names and common words. There were about 10,000 in total. You can build a sentence with it and have him introduce you.
“The audio editing took about a week and it took about three weeks to create the app.”
After leaving school at 16, Will started working at a factory before teaching himself to repair computers.
The former Elfed High School pupil then began designing websites and made the transition to making software with his family-run firm Quapps.
Will runs the firm along with wife of four years Andrea, 30, and is helped out by his 15-year-old son Dylan.
The Peter Dickson app was launched in February last year, the same day the couple’s daughter Emily was born.
He said: “When my wife was giving birth I was constantly in and out of the hospital looking at our ranking. It went to number one in the application store the day she was born.”