Apple patent suggests Xcode will use ML to expedite development

Apple patent suggests Xcode will use ML to expedite development Ryan is a senior editor at TechForge Media with over a decade of experience covering the latest technology and interviewing leading industry figures. He can often be sighted at tech conferences with a strong coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other. If it's geeky, he’s probably into it. Find him on Twitter (@Gadget_Ry) or Mastodon (

Apple has long championed the idea that coding should be accessible to everyone and the company is making significant strides in leveraging machine learning (ML) to expedite app development.

While the focus has largely been on their proprietary ML models rather than adopting existing solutions like ChatGPT, a newly-granted patent suggests that Apple is actively exploring the integration of ML into its software development system, particularly within Xcode.

The patent, titled ‘Integration of Learning Models Into a Software Development System,’ aims to remove barriers to coding by harnessing ML to enhance auto-completion, syntax checking, and potentially even code generation.

By utilising ML models, developers would benefit from improved productivity features, such as real-time syntax checking while typing, intelligent auto-completion, and the ability to detect name or type errors in parameter lists.

Apple emphasises that this approach is language-agnostic, supporting popular programming languages like Swift, Objective C, C++, Python, and Java. In essence, developers can leverage Apple’s ML system regardless of their preferred language, just as they can currently use ChatGPT to generate code in various programming languages.

The proposed implementation involves creating subroutines as objects that developers can easily incorporate into their apps. Apple acknowledges that developers will likely want to modify the ML-generated code, and the patent provides details on how such editing could be seamlessly integrated.

Initially, Apple envisions this ML technology as a professional tool to expedite coding for experienced developers. However, it also has the potential to remove obstacles for novice or less experienced developers, as Xcode could take on a more active role in performing much of the coding work.

While Apple has faced criticism for not unveiling ChatGPT-like systems akin to those introduced by Google and other companies this year, it is evident that the tech giant has been diligently advancing its own ML capabilities.

By integrating ML into its development environment, Apple is poised to make coding more accessible and efficient for developers across the board.

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