At WWDC 2014, “Apple revealed iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Both of these were expected by everyone who has followed Apple’s pattern of software reveals at WWDC for the past few years,” Brandon Chester reports for AnandTech. “But Apple also revealed new power tools for developers that nobody had expected or even imagined would arrive.”

“One of the most significant of these is Apple’s new Metal API to greatly improve graphic performance by removing the limitations and performance impacts created by using OpenGL,” Chester reports. “Another, and arguably the most significant of them all, is Swift. Swift is Apple’s new programming language. After four years in development and without a single leak, Apple has created and now revealed what will become the foundation of a new generation of applications for both OS X and iOS.”

“Safety, modern syntax, and powerful features are three design principles that guided the development of Swift and it really shows. There are huge benefits for developers which translate to benefits for users,” Chester reports. “Naturally because of that, the first thing to discuss is why Swift is great for programmers before discussing why it will be great for users.”

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