Alongside releasing iOS 11.3 beta 1 today, Apple has made Swift Playgrounds 2.0 available with a new subscriptions feature to follow third-party creators, new robots, a fresh content gallery, and more. The release has been in beta for developers by request since last fall.

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Apple shared an announcement for the updated app on its developer site as well as the App Store. The headline feature of version 2.0 is the ability to follow third-party creators with a new subscription feature.

Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third-party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds.

Other updates include new robots, content gallery, refreshed Help resources, and more. Here are the full release notes:

  • Subscriptions automatically show new playgrounds when available and alert you to updates
  • New robots including IBM’s TJBot and Mekamon are available from the Add Subscriptions button
  • New content gallery shows all playgrounds including third-party subscriptions in a single view
  • Documentation for iOS features and commands is now available from the Help button and the tools menu
  • Locations button lets you open playgrounds from the Files app on your iPadNote: Third-party robot playgrounds previously included in the app are now available directly from their respective authors when you browse subscriptions.

Swift Playgrounds is a free download from the App Store.


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