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From June 2 – 6, thousands of Apple developers will meet in San Francisco for the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). The conference aims to change the world. With the release of Swift, they might have done just that. 

This week in San Francisco, Apple will aim to do what it always does with any major conference, product release or company event – disrupt the tech market with new applications, software and/or hardware. Taking place from June 2 – 6, the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) has a simple goal, change the world.

As taken from the Apple WWDC14 website:

"Over the past six years, a massive cultural shift has occurred. It's changed how we interact with one another. Learn new things. Entertain ourselves. Do our work. And live our daily lives. All because of developers and the apps they create."

"For five days, one thousand Apple engineers and five thousand developers will gather together. And life will be different as a result."

"Write the code. Change the World."

Change the world is a pretty lofty goal to shoot for. Yet, with the announcement of Swift, it seems like Apple is trying for just that.

"Meant to supplant and/or work side-by-side with Objective-C, Swift is, as Zdnet.com put it, “Objective-C without the C”. Released as a new programming language billed as “fast, modern, safe, interactive”, Swift aims to make the process of coding for and building applications much easier."

Aiming to make app dev much easier, Swift will let programmers code apps for Coca Touch and Cocoa all while showing results of coding efforts in a live environment. Dubbed by Apple as “interactive playgrounds”, these open spaces will render coding into a graphical visual interface in real time to show developers what their code looks like and where it can be improved.

Buried underneath the announcement of Swift, Apple introduced a wide variety of products including:

  • Developer tools aimed at quicker and more powerful game dev animation (SpriteKit, SceneKit and Metal)
  • A revamped iCloud Drive clearly trying to match the best Dropbox features
  • A markup like tool called Skitch allowing users to draw and write on top of already produced documents
  • A new feature titled Mail Drop designed to shut down high GM limit emails from bouncing back (5GB upload maximum with secure links)
  • Improvements to Aperture

Over the course of the week, Apple will roll out additional updates aimed at disrupting the tech market. With a larger tool set backed by Apple programmers and devs all over the world, Apple is hoping, as it always does, WWDC will change the world. It’s important to remember, while Apple has set out to change the world, the real work to change the world through tech is being done daily by nameless developers all over the world.

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