Over the past few years, we have seen various unique and impressive innovations and update in the iOS world. We have come across the changed Apple App Store guidelines, the all-new iOS 12 features, and much more. But, one update that has shaken the iOS World, though in a positive way, is the introduction of Swift language.
Swift, for those not familiar with, is another official programming language developed by Apple for iOS, tvOS, macOS, watchOS, and Linux platform. The language is multi-paradigm, general-purpose, developed on the open-source LLVM compiler framework, and uses the Objective-C runtime library for executing C, C++, and Objective-C code within a program.
It is highly loved by the iPhone app development companies and has even nailed its position in the Tiobe Top 10 Programming language list, with plus points like:-
Swift is an open-source programming language for iOS application development, which implies any iPhone app developer can employ it and send his feedback to the Apple team and contribute to make Swift a better language to work with.
2. Less Coding
When compared to Objective-C, Swift demands less amount of codes primarily in case of string manipulations and repetitive conditional statements. For example, you need not write a set of conditions and codes for String concatenation, you can add two strings using the ‘+’ operator.
3. Higher Speed
Since Swift lets you write short, concise and safer codes, the iPhone app development is faster in case of Swift when compared to Objective-C.
4. Interactive Development
Thanks to the Playgrounds, the Swift programming language enables the iPhone mobile application development companies to write codes using data visualizations and improve it with a real-time feedback system, which makes the development process interactive and effective.
5. Robust Safety
Swift has eliminated several errors found in Objective-C syntax and language constructors, which has upgraded the security scale for Swift over Objective-C.
6. Support to Dynamic Libraries
Swift allows you to employ dynamic libraries in your development process with which you could easily link the existing Swift apps with the newer versions. This, in turn, can make it easier for the users to get an access to the latest updates and enjoy a better experience.
7. Lower Maintenance
In the case of Objective-C, you have to update the C-based coding copy firstly and then you can update the Objective-C coding copy. But, there is no as such constraint in case of Swift development.
Swift lets you maintain and update a single copy, which makes the app maintenance process handy and faster.
8. Minimal Memory Consumption
Another feature that proves that Swift supersedes Objective-C is minimal memory consumption. Unlike Objective-C, Swift does not hold an Object-link and consume a wider space in the device memory. It performs all the tasks being a single object-oriented program, gives iOS developers an escape from considering memory management practices while working with several Graphics APIs and handles the issue of memory leakage.
In this way, it ensures that the memory size of SDK classes is reduced to minimal, which eventually aids in developing an app with lower memory consumption.
9. Quicker Compilation
Unlike Objective-C, Swift uses LLVM (Low-Level Virtual Machine) compiler which enables the iPhone app developers to rewrite various groups as structures. This helps to improve the coding time and time frame, which eventually leads to faster compilation.
10. Higher Future Prospect
It’s true that Objective-C is still in the market. Many business owners and iPhone application development companies are working with Objective-C language. But, the future belongs to Swift. Reputed companies like Apple and IBM have already shifted from Objective-C to Swift for their iOS application development purpose. So, it is necessary that you too choose Swift over Objective-C. And in case you have an existing iOS app based on Objective-C, convert your full Objective-C app to Swift using this guide.
With this, we have considered 10 reasons to choose Swift for iPhone app development. So, what is your perspective now? Are you ready to invest in Swift app development now? Or you are still stuck with some queries? Let me know in the comment section below.
Published by MoizRaza Khatri