Top 5 iOS Programming Languages for App Development in 2024

Are you looking for the latest and greatest iOS programming languages in 2024? As an app developer, I understand why choosing the right language is so important.
IT Blog and Development
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Published on: Feb 05, 2024
Updated on: Feb 05, 2024

You want to build killer apps quickly and have them shine in the crazy crowded App Store, packed with over 1.8 million apps!

Luckily, I've tested all the latest languages and frameworks hands-on to figure out what works best. Let me break it down for you real quick:



First up is our leading man, Swift, released just in 2014; it's already become the de facto standard for iOS dev. Why? For beginners, it's super easy to learn with interactive code. For experts, critical stuff like memory handling happens automatically. And for everyone, it lets you build apps crazy fast with way less code to type. Since Apple themselves created and constantly improved Swift , you know they got your back.


But you can't forget about Objective-C. So many top iOS apps from way back still rely on this weirdly named C-based coding. The thing is, it works incredibly well! Once you get past the frustrating syntax, you'll find it cranks out reliable, high-performance apps. Considering a vast number of libraries are written in it, not fully knowing ObjC could bottleneck your development big time by 2024. My advice? Grasp the basics, at least.


Of course, we can't ignore JavaScript anymore - not when tools like React Native let you write JS code once and deploy it across iPhones AND Androids! Plus, with its simple syntax, devs sometimes prefer focusing on JS over old languages like ObjC or Swift. I mean, less effort, and yet more devices run my app code now? What's not to like! 

C or C++

If your goals are blazing speed and raw performance, you'll want to use lower-level languages like C or C++. These give you tight control over memory and direct GPU/hardware access crucial for graphics/AI-focused apps , and they even let you easily integrate Apple's system APIs written in C/C++. It's not for beginners, but it's worth mastering!


Lastly, for rapidly validating app ideas, I suggest Python. Quick prototypes that mock-up UI and UX to demo to investors are a cinch with Pythonista and Kivy frameworks. When prototyping finishes, moving to "real code" in Swift/ObjC comes later. Think of Python as your sketchbook before you start painting for the gallery!

There you have it, friends - my picks for mastering iOS dev in 2024 and making app store gold ! Choose what makes sense and sets you up best for success. Make sure to have fun while coding - that's my #1 rule always!

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