From the very day Apple released Swift in 2014 as the new app development language on its platform, it has unleashed a parallel debate of old reliable versus new agile- Objective C versus Swift. This doesn’t mean that Apple has stopped supporting the old Objective C, developers can choose any of the languages for the iOS app development. Then what’s the need for a debate? Everyone can just pick their own choice and end the fuss. But yes, there is a small problem before that.
The thing is, iOS apps are known as the virtual gold mine of mobile app development. To support this fact, consider this- iOS has just around one-fourth of the android market share but when it come to the case of revenues it makes almost 75% more than Android. Many apps are available free on android but paid in an iOS store. But the point to be made clear here is that the Apple platform promises higher revenues and they have equally high expectation from your product. This is the reason why the debate between Objective C and Swift has gained so much momentum. It is about creating the lightest, fastest and the best engaging application and not just about creating applications. While we confess, we can’t settle the discussion here and moreover, this is not our purpose. We can still tell you what you could gain by opting for swift.
Swift is built from the ground, which is capable of executing codes faster than Objective C. The difference it makes varies for different operations. For specific operation, it can be 3.5 X which of course given the complex state of a modern mobile application, thus a game changer. Other benchmarks indicate that Swift is almost on par with C++ in terms of performing various complex algorithms, where C++ is considered as the golden benchmark. So given mobile applications developed these days are not any less than a full-scale software, therefore employing swift will help you make your app perform better.
Swift has its advanced error handling mechanism to give developers peace of mind. The most annoying thing about Objective C development is that no matter how hard you try, few bugs are bound to be present that will check the past initial checking and create unexpected behavior. This is not only frustrating for the developers alone but also sends the applications back and forth the development cycle, thus consuming a lot of resources and time. However, with Swift all such kind of errors are detected during the compilation time and are fixed immediately, thus the code can be moved forward with confidence
As the name literally means writing code in the Swift language improves the productivity of the developers due to its cleaner syntax and highly readable code. In addition, Swift supports and offers a wide range of tools and technologies out of the box to make it easy for the developers and improve the application quality during the development process. So if the developer is found more productive in swift this means that the time to market is shorter and the cost of development is lower,- a combination of both which will only be rarely found In any language.
Presently a developer may use Swift or Objective C to create an application but that will not be the case a few years down the lane. Swift is built keeping the future in the mind and that makes the difference. The language is not only for building apps for iPad or iPhone app development but for other bits like Apple Watch or Apple TV, or the speakers or maybe even a car in the future, which was unpredictable. All these makes Swift the choice of every iOS developers, who wish to keep themselves updated.
Applications, when created, doesn’t mean that it is the end of the project but rather it is a start of an endless cycle of fixes, updates and maintenance. These tasks are seemingly much simple as well since Swift has lesser and neater code than objective C. Moreover, since Swift is a rapidly expanding language and Objective C started its journey down the hill, much more support and tools are expected to have in the future for swift than objective C to make the task even easier than it already is.
Now, are you still confused between adopting Objective C and swift for your next iOS app development? Apart from the above-mentioned factors, there are many others to be involved in the decision like migration, support, legacy system, third-party components which when analyzed gives various outcomes. But this is not a matter for you to be concerned of. If you have a crystal idea, we can help you out through any technology to make it happen. Get in touch to discuss which set of tools and technology will suit your business purposes.