Swift Playgrounds Stories May 17

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds 4 app released last year as a way for developers and students to learn its Swift programming language. The beginner-friendly app is a way to “learn real coding the fun way,” says Apple. Today, the app received its version 4.1 update for iPad and Mac devices.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories April 27

Apple last year released the long-awaited Swift Playgrounds 4, which let developers submit their projects directly from the iPad to the App Store for the first time. Now the company is inviting developers to try out the new Swift Playgrounds 4.1 beta, which brings new features to the iPad app and especially the Mac app.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories January 5

After being previewed during WWDC21, Apple launched by the end of 2021 Swift Playgrounds 4. With it, iPad users can finally create and publish apps without the need for Xcode or a Mac. Now, it appears a developer just created and published one of the first apps using Swift Playgrounds 4, and it’s called “ToDon’t.”

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Swift Playgrounds Stories December 15, 2021

After the release of iPadOS 15.2, Apple is finally releasing the long-awaited update to Swift Playgrounds with the ability to create apps using the iPad.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories December 13, 2021

In addition to the release of iOS 15.2, macOS Monterey 12.1, watchOS 8.3, and tvOS 15.2, Apple on Monday also updated its Xcode developer tool to version 13.2. The update, which comes with new features, hints at the upcoming release of Swift Playgrounds 4.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories November 29, 2021

Apple announced at WWDC 2021 in June a new version of its Swift Playgrounds development app with major improvements. Although the company never said when it would become available, Apple is now inviting some developers to try out Swift Playgrounds 4 ahead of the official release of the update.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories July 3, 2021

In a new interview, Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of worldwide developer relations, and Andreas Wendker, Apple’s vice president of tools and frameworks engineering, talk about the new tools developers have available after WWDC21.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories February 11, 2020

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds application is now available on Mac. The app was originally released for the iPad in 2016, but now Apple has brought it to the Mac as well using its Catalyst platform.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories November 26, 2018

Apple Stores kicking off free Hour of Code sessions next week, new Swift Coding Club materials now available

Apple has today announced that it will be bringing its coding curriculum to the Computer Science Education Week. Starting today, students can register for thousands of free Hour of Code sessions available at all Apple Store locations worldwide. The sessions will begin December 1st and run through 14th.

Swift Playgrounds Stories November 12, 2018

Swift Playgrounds for iPad adds improved third-party content integration, more

Apple today has updated its Swift Playgrounds app with a handful of enhancements. Today’s update is the first to come to the app since April, and includes improvements to third-party content integration, touch interactions, and more.

Swift Playgrounds Stories April 30, 2018

Swift Playgrounds updated with support for ‘What’s Next’ suggestions, speed improvements

Swift Playgrounds, Apple’s introductory programming application for iPad, has been updated today with a few notable features.

Swift Playgrounds Stories September 19, 2017

Apple releases TestFlight 2 with new design, Swift Playgrounds with AR challenge

Apple has released a new version of its beta software distribution app TestFlight. The new version includes a new design that fits in with iOS 11 (also just released) including a new app icon, 3D Touch features, and more. A new version of Swift Playgrounds for iPad is also now available.

Swift Playgrounds Stories June 12, 2017

Apple begins rolling out Swift Playgrounds 2 beta to developers

Apple has started sending developers access to the first beta version of Swift Playgrounds 2. The company originally announced the update at WWDC, but only opened TestFlight signups rather than releasing the first build. This evening, however, developers have started receiving Swift Playgrounds 2.

Swift Playgrounds Stories June 5, 2017

Apple releases Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Xcode 9 & Swift Playgrounds 2 beta to developers

Following today’s keynote, Apple has released the first betas for Xcode 9 and Swift Playgrounds 2. Today also marks the release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5 which will allow young developers to take control of robots, drones, and musical instruments.

Swift Playgrounds Stories June 1, 2017

Apple’s annual developer conference kicks off Monday, but we’re already seeing WWDC related announcements from the company which suggests the keynote will be packed from start to finish.

Earlier today we saw an update on how much it has paid developers and how the App Store is performing, and now Apple has detailed an update to Swift Playgrounds coming Monday that will let students control robots, drone, and musical instruments.

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Swift Playgrounds Stories March 21, 2017

Swift Playgrounds goes multilingual, now available in five additional languages

Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app which provides an introduction to Apple’s Swift programming language, is now available in five additional languages: Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American Spanish.

Apple said that all of the coding lessons support the new languages, with English speakers also benefiting …

Swift Playgrounds Stories March 10, 2017

Back in January, developer Steven Troughton-Smith uncovered a new one-handed floating keyboard for iPad hidden inside an iOS 10.3 beta. He has now created a Swift Playground that allows you to play with the feature. It works with all iPads except the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

The feature works in a similar way to picture-in-picture, creating a keyboard that takes up less room than the standard one and can be moved around the screen to position it in a place where it doesn’t cover the content you’re typing …

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Swift Playgrounds Stories October 10, 2016


We’re great fans of anything that inspires kids to get to grips with technology from an early age, noting recently the smarthome and Bluetooth LE kits added by LittleBits. Now a British company is aiming to bring even smarter technology to Lego, claiming that it’s the first physical product that can be programmed with Swift Playgrounds.

SBrick Plus is a brick that you can place into your LEGO® models so you can control them remotely using a smart device like a phone, tablet, gamepad or even Chromebook or PC. That’s just the tip of the iceberg though; SBrick Plus can use sensors from the WeDo 1.0™ family can be programmed in several languages, so it’s a perfect way to start your journey into programming and robotics!

On the Apple side, you can control SBrick creations with the iPhone 4s and up, any iPad from the iPad 3, modern Macs and even the Apple Watch …

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