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Cocoa Touch (iOS) vs Swift: What are the differences?

Developers describe Cocoa Touch (iOS) as "The Cocoa Touch collection of frameworks includes everything needed to create iOS apps". The Cocoa Touch layer contains key frameworks for building iOS apps. These frameworks define the appearance of your app. They also provide the basic app infrastructure and support for key technologies such as multitasking, touch-based input, push notifications, and many high-level system services. On the other hand, Swift is detailed as "An innovative new programming language for Cocoa and Cocoa Touch". Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.

Cocoa Touch (iOS) and Swift are primarily classified as "Frameworks (Full Stack)" and "Languages" tools respectively.

"Backed by Apple" is the top reason why over 5 developers like Cocoa Touch (iOS), while over 241 developers mention "Ios" as the leading cause for choosing Swift.

Swift is an open source tool with 48.2K GitHub stars and 7.71K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Swift's open source repository on GitHub.

Slack, Lyft, and Zillow are some of the popular companies that use Swift, whereas Cocoa Touch (iOS) is used by Snapchat, Third Iron, and Apple. Swift has a broader approval, being mentioned in 979 company stacks & 526 developers stacks; compared to Cocoa Touch (iOS), which is listed in 32 company stacks and 18 developer stacks.

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Pros of Cocoa Touch (iOS)
Pros of Swift
  • 6
    Backed by Apple
  • 4
    It's just awesome
  • 2
    User Friendly Performance
  • 255
    Ios
  • 178
    Elegant
  • 125
    Not Objective-C
  • 106
    Backed by apple
  • 92
    Type inference
  • 60
    Generics
  • 54
    Playgrounds
  • 49
    Semicolon free
  • 39
    OSX
  • 35
    Tuples offer compound variables
  • 24
    Easy to learn
  • 23
    Clean Syntax
  • 21
    Open Source
  • 20
    Functional
  • 19
    Beautiful Code
  • 11
    Dynamic
  • 11
    Linux
  • 10
    Protocol-oriented programming
  • 10
    Promotes safe, readable code
  • 8
    No S-l-o-w JVM
  • 8
    Explicit optionals
  • 7
    Storyboard designer
  • 5
    Type safety
  • 5
    Optionals
  • 5
    Best UI concept
  • 5
    Super addicting language, great people, open, elegant
  • 4
    Its friendly
  • 4
    Swift is faster than Objective-C
  • 4
    Feels like a better C++
  • 4
    Highly Readable codes
  • 4
    Fail-safe
  • 4
    Powerful
  • 4
    Faster and looks better
  • 3
    Much more fun
  • 3
    Easy to learn and work
  • 3
    Protocol extensions
  • 3
    Native
  • 3
    Its fun and damn fast
  • 3
    Strong Type safety
  • 3
    Easy to Maintain
  • 2
    Protocol oriented programming
  • 2
    Esay
  • 2
    MacOS
  • 2
    Type Safe
  • 2
    All Cons C# and Java Swift Already has
  • 2
    Protocol as type
  • 1
    Objec
  • 1
    Can interface with C easily
  • 1
    Numbers with underbar
  • 1
    Optional chain
  • 1
    Runs Python 8 times faster
  • 1
    Actually don't have to own a mac
  • 1
    Free from Memory Leak
  • 1
    Swift is easier to understand for non-iOS developers.
  • 1
    Great for Multi-Threaded Programming

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Cons of Cocoa Touch (iOS)
Cons of Swift
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    • 5
      Must own a mac
    • 2
      Memory leaks are not uncommon
    • 1
      Its classes compile to roughly 300 lines of assembly
    • 1
      Complicated process for exporting modules
    • 1
      Very irritatingly picky about things that’s
    • 1
      Is a lot more effort than lua to make simple functions
    • 0
      Overly complex options makes it easy to create bad code

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    What is Cocoa Touch (iOS)?

    The Cocoa Touch layer contains key frameworks for building iOS apps. These frameworks define the appearance of your app. They also provide the basic app infrastructure and support for key technologies such as multitasking, touch-based input, push notifications, and many high-level system services.

    What is Swift?

    Writing code is interactive and fun, the syntax is concise yet expressive, and apps run lightning-fast. Swift is ready for your next iOS and OS X project — or for addition into your current app — because Swift code works side-by-side with Objective-C.

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