There are many advantages to building apps with Apple’s own technologies. Running an app that was not written in Swift on a device powered by one of Apple’s operating systems causes difficulties. Swift’s syntax rules make it easier for developers to read and understand code, making collaboration between developers smooth. It helps eliminate unsafe code and makes apps run fast thanks to the high-performance LLVM compiler. Combining the Swift programming language with SwiftUI, developers can easily build and test user interfaces across all Apple platforms, for all kinds of Apple devices. Overall, building apps is a lot more fun and less prone to errors.
For Avira, it means using cutting-edge technology to create the best possible software. Our developers can focus on building features that make a difference for users instead of worrying about compatibility issues between new devices running the latest Apple OS and apps built on an old Unix stack. We are pioneers of this novel tech role, and that is exciting.
Overall, it is quite exciting to work with Apple’s new tech stack. There are a lot of things that simply make sense and feel revolutionary. Writing and understanding code is a lot easier – for experts and beginners. We believe that it makes our application lighter, faster, and more secure. But building something from scratch with new technology, as opposed to upgrading an existing product within a familiar setup, is a challenge. Everyone in the development team needs to be on the same page, which means many hours of training.
“Actually, we started benefiting from the decision to move to Apple’s tech even prior to the release of Avira Security for Mac. For example, looking back into the past, adapting our Antivirus for Mac to each consecutive incarnation of macOS has been an effort from a development standpoint. It consumed quite some resources that otherwise could have been poured into the development of new features. And so, we started building the new product when Big Sur didn’t even have a name and was still referred to as 10.16, not even macOS 11, preparing ourselves to invest in making it Big Sur compatible when the time comes. Well, to the pleasing surprise of ours, when it was here, we have tested it out and… it just worked. We had almost nothing to change or adapt in Avira Security to make it compatible with Big Sur on day one. It has probably been the first time when we didn’t have to invest development efforts into adapting our Mac product for the latest macOS. And the same applies to reaching M1 (Apple Silicon) processors full compatibility – we are aiming to have it achieved in the near future.”
(Andrey Belkin, Senior Product Manager)
First, there are no license fees for third party frameworks. Apple is known for its free tech and free software updates. This is a huge business advantage. And since you’re developing within the Apple ecosystem, you can be sure that the technology will be further developed. Maintenance is easier, and there is a growing interest among developers in Apple’s freely accessible tech stack. This helps our recruitment team attract the most talented developers.
The adoption of the new stack also opens many opportunities for our OEM business. Avira’s technologies are integrated into security solutions provided by security vendors, service providers, and device manufacturers worldwide. In the near future, our real-time protection stack will become available to external partners, enabling them to offer the best protection for their clients.
Avira Free Security for Mac is built entirely with Apple’s latest tech stack. This makes it a powerful, fast, and future-proof security application that runs perfectly on macOS. With just one click, it scans your entire Mac for security, privacy, and performance issues. By being on par with Apple, we can react extremely fast to market and technology changes.
We believe in Apple’s technology stack. We had to overcome many barriers, and it wasn’t easy to drop what we had and start from scratch. But being in a pioneering role, we are confident it was the right decision. The result is the 2021 edition of Avira Free Security for Mac.