Apple’s New Language = Swift Developers Rising

Apple's new programming language Swift logo in WWCD presentation.

During yesterday’s WWDC conference, Apple dropped “the mother of all releases for developers,” in the words of Tim Cook. No one saw Swift coming. The new programming language could quickly make Objective-C irrelevant when iOS 8 launches this fall. While watching the keynote in the Sourcebits office, an engineer pointed to his Objective-C book and said, “Well, looks like that book’s pointless now.”

By developing the easier-to-use Swift programming language, Apple’s clearly aiming to get even more global developer power into the iOS app ecosystem. Earlier in the presentation, Cook announced Apple now has more than 9 million developers worldwide – a 47% increase in just one year. That means Apple welcomed about 3 MILLION NEW developers in the past 12 months. I pulled out my calculator for a quick breakdown of what 3 Million new developers means:

1. 250,000 new developers a month

2. 8,219 new developers a day

3. 342 new developers an hour

4. 5.7 new developers a minute

5. 1 new developer every 10-11 seconds!

Swift language coding example.

The WWDC keynote lasted about 2 hours (ooph!) – which would be long enough for 684 new developers to join the Apple family. Although that’s just the average rate. Given the major waves from today’s announcements – did you see the news about Health Kit and “Health” app, Home Kit, Cloud Kit, OS X Yosemite, changes to the App Store, Bitcoin payments? – even more new developers are surely finding Apple a juicy prospect today.

Swift could make the Apple developer community grow even more quickly (hard to imagine, but possible!) in the year ahead as the language to build iOS apps gets easier to learn and faster to use. At Sourcebits, we’re already downloading the reference library documents and planning for Swift. How are you getting ready for iOS 8?

Piotr Gajos, Chief Innovation Officer

Piotr is Sourcebits Chief Innovation Officer. A 2006 Apple Design Award winner, Piotr draws much of his inspiration from film and music, and focuses on leading our Innovation Strategy Workshops, generating new ideas for Sourcebits, and consulting on projects.