Para Para - 3 months ago 17
Objective-C Question

Xcode Project Format: what are the differences between 3.1, 3.2, 6.3 and 8.0?

When I open a project in Xcode 8 (or previous versions) and check the File Inspector, there's a section called Project Document, with a combo box named Project Format.

The available options (in Xcode 8) are

Xcode 3.1-compatible
Xcode 3.2-compatible
Xcode 6.3-compatible
, and
Xcode 8.0-compatible

Project Format Options

What are the differences between those formats? When I create a new project, my Xcode defaults to the
Xcode 3.2-compatible
setting, are there any advantages / drawbacks to switching to
Xcode 8.0-compatible

-- EDIT --

I originally reported this behavior for Xcode 6.4.

Xcode 7 didn't change anything as far as the project format is concerned.

Xcode 8 added an
Xcode 8.0-compatible


There does not seem to be any major breaking change in this format change (I tried few of my project, nothing changed in the xml structure itself except the version parameter..).

As far as I remember, there were few project formats before that, some of which actually had major changes, but that is probably not going to happen again because that was in the times of major structural changes to iOS, like from iOS2 to iOS3.

Also, just side note, the default for new projects is still 3.2 so it is very likely that 6.3 is basically for testing and version that they will force later will be -7.

My best guess would be that the new format is there for Swift 2 and the way how modules / dependencies are handled in there, as it for sure requires some additional data to be present in the project. But to be 100% sure we would need information from somebody on the Apple Team.

Hope it helps!