Apple’s New Language — Swift Developers Rising

Swift, Apple's new programming language.

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!

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.