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Get value as swift type from Unmanaged<AnyObject> . For example: ABRecordRef

Since NoOne answered before I solved it, I'll add the answer here:

firstName.takeRetainedValue() as? String

If you look at the header of the Unmanaged struct type, you'll find this:

/// Get the value of this unmanaged reference as a managed/// reference and consume an unbalanced retain of it.////// This is useful when a function returns an unmanaged reference/// and you know that you're responsible for releasing the result.func takeRetainedValue() -> T

So, because the CFTypeRef is converted to Unmanaged<AnyObject> in Swift.

Unmanaged uses generics to define a return type, and it is declared like so:


Our object is of type Unmanaged<AnyObject> which means that takeRetainedValue() will return type T, or in our case, type AnyObject. I use optional downcasting since my property firstName is of type String?.

You can use the takeRetainedValue method to get your value out of your Unmanaged object. In Foundation API's, I'm guessing that they will mostly be of type Unmanaged<AnyObject>! and a downcast will be required. The generic formula appears to be:

var unmanagedObject: Unmanaged<AnyObject> = someFunctionThatReturnsAnUnmanagedObject()var newValue: Type = unmanagedObject.takeRetainedValue as Type

import UIKitimport AddressBookclass ViewController: UIViewController {lazy var addressBook: ABAddressBookRef = {    var error: Unmanaged<CFError>?    return ABAddressBookCreateWithOptions(nil, &error).takeRetainedValue() as ABAddressBookRef}()@IBAction func GetPeople(sender: UIButton) {    var ab: ABAddressBookRef = addressBook    switch ABAddressBookGetAuthorizationStatus(){    case .Authorized:        println("Authorized")        readFromAddressBook(addressBook)    case .Denied:        println("Denied")    case .Restricted:        println("Restricted")    case .NotDetermined:        println("Not determined")        ABAddressBookRequestAccessWithCompletion(addressBook,            {[weak self] (granted: Bool, error: CFError!) in                if granted {                    let strongSelf = self!                    println("Access is granted")                    strongSelf.readFromAddressBook(strongSelf.addressBook)                }                else{                    println("Access is not granted")                }        })    default:        break    }}func readFromAddressBook(addressBook: ABAddressBookRef){    let allPeople = ABAddressBookCopyArrayOfAllPeople(addressBook).takeRetainedValue() as NSArray    for person:ABRecordRef in allPeople{        if let firstName = ABRecordCopyValue(person, kABPersonFirstNameProperty) {            if let lastName = ABRecordCopyValue(person, kABPersonLastNameProperty) {                let ln:String = (lastName.takeRetainedValue() as? String) ?? ""                let fn:String = (firstName.takeRetainedValue() as? String) ?? ""                println("\(ln) - \(fn)")            }        }    }}