As we head into the festive season, I find myself looking back on 2022. The world still feels like it’s heading in the wrong direction in so many ways, but as day-to-day life starts to more closely resemble pre-pandemic times, it has been a much more pleasant year than the last couple.

In the world of Swift and Apple platform development, we started this year amongst an avalanche of rumours that I didn’t believe:

So, my prediction for this year is that this is not the year for any AR/VR hardware from Apple. Not even a holographic sticker on the back of the iPhone 14. 😂

I’ll take a win on that one! It wasn’t all success, though, as I did suspect we might see a watch face SDK this year, and that didn’t pan out at all. 😬

I like to read back through my introductory comments at the end of the year. I don’t particularly enjoy it, it gives me the same feeling as listening to audio of myself speaking, but I find it’s valuable, and there were a few comments that I felt happy with as I re-read them.

My thoughts on issues with App Store business models and VC funding (and the follow-up) still feel relevant. I was also pleasantly surprised when I re-read my thoughts on AR user interfaces and the Swift plugin for VS Code. Finally, I was happy to highlight the great work on the Parse platform that survived abandonment.

It was also a big year for the Swift Package Index, with our primary focus this year being to build a robust package documentation system. Over 225 packages have adopted that documentation system, which is wonderful to see, and we’re proud to continue our work supporting the Swift open-source package ecosystem.

I hope you all take some time to look back and celebrate your achievements this year, too. I also hope the next few weeks are a time for celebration with family and friends and a break from work.

Finally, I want to thank you all for continuing to read what I have to say. This newsletter would not exist without you. As usual, there will be no newsletter next week and a “Best of And Finally…” the week after. Regular service will resume on the 6th of January, 2023. I’ll See you then!

Dave Verwer  




Business and Marketing


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