Today’s industry player is the increasingly controversial Apple. Although Apple doesn’t advertise it, Apple has a long-time strong relationship with open source communities. Apple contributes to many open source projects as they incorporate them into iOS and the newly branded macOS, not to mention the pillars of the Apple operating systems being a mix-up of FreeBSD, the Mach Kernel, and the Darwin Kernel, plus much more open source software like the GNU Utils.
So, let’s take a look at the list of top Apple open source projects:
In 2014, Apple shocked the world with the announcement of its Swift programming language. Swift is a modern programming language with loads of features. It has seen unparalleled adoption rates and boasts quite out-of-the-box library considering it can leverage both C and Objective-C libraries and frameworks. Apple surprised the world, yet again, when they decided to open source their new language. Since then, Swift has gained popularity on Apple and Linux platforms.
Initially released in 1998 as KHTML, and part of the KDE project, WebKit has been around for quite some time. WebKit is the rendering engine that powers Safari, both desktop and mobile, as well as Google Chrome, desktop and mobile. WebKit has extensive standards support while maintaining performance, which is key with the sheer amount of media in modern websites. WebKit is a powerful piece of technology that continues to deliver.
These are two frameworks that are nothing but good intentions. ResearchKit is a framework that will allow medical professionals develop applications that can accurately track and measure illness and disease to an unprecedented degree, and combining with CareKit, it puts power in the hands of the patients themselves. Patients can easily supply their doctors with day-to-day updates pertaining to the progression or recession of medical conditions. This benefits both the patients as well as the medical research community. These two open source frameworks can potentially revolutionize medicine.
It’s easy to see that Apple takes open source seriously. They’re major contributors, and not just to the projects they lead. Be sure to check out the links provided to see where else Apple contributes as well as the contributions of other companies.