‘The Most Popular New Version of An OS In History’

February 2, 2013 4:28 pm

Objective-C is really, really bad. We had in fact given up learning it for fear of starting to hate programming in general, and object-oriented programming in particular. But it might be a very good idea to just ignore the truly painful object and function call notations, and go through the pain of learning it. Why?

Well, the argument about more ‘paying’ customers on the iOS side has been made rather convincingly before. Here is a new one – a ‘vastly more engaged’ customer base. We spotted this stat today, that just 4 days after iOS 6.1 was released, 26 percent of users are already on iOS 6.1 (Source). Speaking of the only other game in town, Jelly Bean is on just 10 percent of devices, 6 months after the update (Source).

It could be the whole android fragmentation thing, or it could just be the way updates are rolled out. But as a developer, this is solid evidence of user engagement. ‘The Most Popular New Version of An OS In History’ two times in a row can definitely not be ignored.

// First program example
int main (int argc, const char * argv[])
NSAutoreleasePool *pool = [[NSAutoreleasePool alloc] init];
NSLog (@”Hello, World!”);
[pool drain];
return 0;


Well that might not be your idea of the best way of saying “Hello, World!” but chances are, you might end up doing it that way!

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