> On Nov 8, 2017, at 11:49 AM, Riley Testut via swift-evolution 
> <swift-evolution@swift.org> wrote:
> Hi Swift-Evolution,
> Back when SE-0057 
> (https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/proposals/0057-importing-objc-generics.md)
>  was proposed, it included the following passage:
>       • The generic type parameters in Swift will always be class-bound, 
> i.e., the generic class will have the requirement T : AnyObject.
> This made sense at the time, since Swift <-> Objective-C interoperability was 
> only possible with class types (AnyObject). However, several months after 
> SE-0057 was accepted, SE-0116 
> (https://github.com/apple/swift-evolution/blob/master/proposals/0116-id-as-any.md)
>  was accepted, which allowed for bridging any type to Objective-C, not just 
> class types.
> This greatly improved interoperability between Swift and Objective-C code, 
> but the AnyObject restriction on Objective-C generics remained. This issue is 
> especially apparent when using lesser-known Objective-C collection types such 
> as NSCache, where it may make sense to store value types or use value types 
> as the keys, but the compiler does not allow it.
> I propose that this restriction is lifted, and that generic Objective-C 
> parameters are no longer restricted to conforming to AnyObject. I’m assuming 
> this is not as straightforward as it might seem at first to implement, but I 
> think the benefits would make the effort worth it, since this seems like an 
> overlooked case and not intentionally kept this way.
> Thoughts?

In principle it makes sense, but there are implementation challenges we didn't 
have time to consider. It would be nice to make this happen when we have the 
time to make it work.


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