It’s been said that programming languages don’t easily die, but when it comes to deciding which programming language to learn and which language will benefit your career, you need to know the right answer.

Swift vs Objective-C is truly a battle between the old and the new if ever there was one, with the latter appearing over thirty years ago, while the former is just over two years old.


Objective-C has been around for a long time. There are millions of apps on Apple’s App Store, and the vast majority of them were written in Objective-C. So, despite its age, it certainly isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

If you want to be a mobile app developer, you’re going to need a working knowledge of Objective -C. Most companies will look at this as an essential requirement as it will be necessary to maintain legacy apps that are written in it.


As a newcomer, Swift certainly brings some attractive features to the table which make it more versatile and user-friendly, and it is definitely nicer to read and write, but it’s still early days.

The fact that it’s developed by Apple and it has those features mean that Swift definitely has the potential to become the standard for iOS development. It can also be used for watchOS, tvOS and OSX development.

It has also been claimed that Apple sees a bright future for it, throwing its weight behind the idea of making app development easier and more accessible than ever, which would suggest that Swift definitely does have a major part to play in the future of the industry.

The verdict

The truth is, though, when it comes to the question of what language will eventually win out between Swift and Objective-C, there’s no real answer yet.

Objective-C is an industry standard with over thirty years of legacy, while Swift has a lot of potential but is still something of an unknown quantity.

Perhaps the only real answer that can be relied upon at the moment is that both languages have a part to play in the immediate future of mobile development, and as such both should be on your radar.

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Whichever programming language you’re looking to specialise in, AMES should always be your first port of call.

With 25 years of experience, we’ve been at the top of our field for almost as long as Objective-C has!

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