iOS developers abandoning sinking Apple mothership: Biggest drop ever

Summary:Objective-C popularity has dropped more in the past few months than ever before. Another sign of the applocalypse?

In what may be another sign that Apple's fortunes are on the downward slope, an interesting chart reports that Objective-C popularity has plummeted for the first time in two years, and more than ever before.

Tiobe Software maintains what it calls its TIOBE Programming Community Index, which cross-references language popularity among the professional programming community.

Objective-C, which is the language most used for iOS (and Mac) development, has been skyrocketing since the original iPhone App Store opened. Back in 2011, there was a little over 1 percent drop (among all programmers and all languages). But since around December, Objective-C popularity has dropped by more than 1.5 percent (among all programmers and all languages).

It peaked in December at 11.116 percent, but has now dropped to around 9.5 percent. Off the Apple platforms, C, Java, and C++ still hold the top slots, respectively.

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(Image: TIOBE)

Topics: Apple

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