Apple is known for many things, but one of its most notable modern day achievements is introducing the world to smartphones and how they can become (and would eventually become) the norm in terms of mobile telecommunications solutions. Of course, Apple’s iPhone made quite a stir in the tech industry and managed to affect everyone at a global scale, but how do they run?

To create a well rounded, closed and self-sustained ecosystem for its new innovation, Apple has also created iOS, which is the operating system on which iPhones and iPads run. App development for iOS devices wasn’t always the way you see it today. In the inception stages of the smartphone phenomenon, app development went quite different and a big part of that is due to the programming language.

A Swift transition
While efficient enough at first, Objective C turned from a go-to solution in terms of programming apps for iOS, to a lackluster placeholder that developers would use while secretly waiting for something better. Their prayers had been answered when Swift came along. Swift was introduced as a more up to date alternative to ol’ Objective C, which wasn’t able to keep up with the evolution state of smartphone technology.

Moving to Swift from Objective C was not a pleasant task. It was a hard thing to do and the process involved some dedication on the developer’s part. However, they eventually got the hang of it and started to use its full potential, that is until Swift 3.0 came to be. This time around, the programming language had the support of Apple’s engineers which worked towards providing their developer community an efficient, updated and useful tool they can use to create apps of even higher quality.
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Swift 3 is here, but what will make it stay?

Feature friendly
Swift 3 comes with an array of features and tools that developers can put to good use. Thanks to all the options Swift 3 provides them, they are able to, in turn, provide the user community with up to par applications that meet the highest standards set by both previous app efforts and user expectations.

It’s not a coding nightmare
If you ask an oldschool developer about the coding process before Swift was around, you’re in for a mouthful. It is a known fact that app coding used to be a real hassle and the bane of many developers. Swift doesn’t remove the need of coding, but sure does a great job in making sure you won’t hate every second of it. The entire thing is done a lot faster and easier thanks to how Swift 3 enables developers in this task. The benefits of switching over to Swift 3 can best be seen through all the time you save by not having to dedicate so much on coding.

Bigger, better, stronger
Swift 3 is built so that it incorporates the qualities of previous iterations but at the same time comes with new ones. This can be seen in how Swift 3 allows you to bypass some elements that used to require your attention indefinitely. An example of this would be how you can now bypass the necessity of labels for function parameters.

Syntax alone can make you switch over
The coding syntax has been drastically changed for the better in Swift 3. This allows app developers to go through app development a lot smoother and have a better grip on memory and memory management. This is possible through the fact that memory management has been made “smarter”.

That being said, many developers, newcomers and veterans alike, may be wondering if Swift 3 is in fact the way to go. Just by putting the benefits of migrating over together you manage to compile this long list of possibilities that you would be missing out on if you don’t migrate.
Conclusion
The applications of Swift 3 in contrast to the current state and evolution of the iOS app market stand as testament to both tapped and still untapped potential of the platform. Now, as for how long Swift 3 will be around, that’s hard to say. We could easily see Swift 3 remain the norm for a very long time, but there are talks about Apple having a Swift 4 release in mind. The leap from Objective C to Swift 3 for example is astronomical, but a potential Swift 4 would see us advance in terms of programming technology in smaller increments. We can very much expect better solutions for smoothening out the transition to the new platform. Currently, the transition requires some hard work, but it’s most certainly worth it.