Posted 06/09/2015 at 8:45 AM
Posted 2 years ago
At their Worldwide Developers Conference held on Monday, Apple made another major announcement concerning their popular programming language known as Swift, that got high acclaim to match that of what took place last year.
Apple is planning to make Swift open-source for all developers by the end of this year.
The news is remarkable because it will essentially unlock a formerly cloistered part of the company’s approach in terms of programming languages and it also goes a long way to changing a public perception of distance that Apple has had attached to it.
The news also means that developers can use Swift on non-Apple devices to create competitive programs.
Industry experts see this as a wise first step – the more popular programming languages are open-source, and going in that direction would ensure that Apple would see Swift be a favored choice among coders globally.
Others have reservations because of Apple’s similar proclamations with Face Time that eventually stalled.
Independent companies have begun to enable Swift to be used on non-Apple devices without expressed permission, but the news will go a ways to make those efforts both smoother and above-board.
Apple hasn’t made further details public, but as Stephen O’Grady of the analytics firm Red Monk said of the announcement: “What Apple chooses here tells us a lot about how they are going to interact with developers.”