How Does Swift Compare to Objective-C in Performance?

It may have come to your attention that there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to developing software for the Apple’s Mac OS X and iOS – Swift. With eerie resemblance of Javascript and a strong hint of C++, Swift may appear a little odd at first glance. Curiosity got the best of me, so I decided to put together a few simple, yet informative, test to see how Swift’s Javascript / C++ inspired syntax stacks up to Objective-C in the performance department.