Apple developers rejoice with an early holiday gift: Swift goes open source

It may not have garnered much consumer attention compared to the latest iPhones or even the most recent version of iOS, but Apple's recent decision to make its Swift programming language open source has both shocked and delighted app developers.

The news was confirmed on Github, a popular repository for open source code, which said the arrival of Apple's Swift meant developers could more easily submit bug fixes and other enhancements that would benefit the iOS community as a whole.

Social media commentators were acting like Christmas had come early:

The almost universal sentiment was positive:

And yet, even Apple's most welcome announcements occasionally provoke some other long-held feelings of disgruntlement:


As the news gets more widely disseminated, it may actually take a little while for the reality of Swift as open source to really sink in: