Apple's Swift Playgrounds 2.2 improves discovery of third-party content, new playgrounds

in iOS edited December 2019
Apple on Monday issued an updated version of its Swift Playgrounds app for iPad, introducing content discovery enhancements, improved touch gestures and more.

Swift Playgrounds
Swift Playgrounds on iPad.

Swift Playgrounds version 2.2 makes it easier to surface and download free third-party content within the app, Apple says in its release notes.

The app, which teaches coding in the Swift programming language via fun, engaging projects, includes "playgrounds" designed by Apple and outside collaborators. In January, Apple enabled subscriptions for third-party playgrounds as part of Swift Playgrounds 2.0, allowing users to stay up to date on the latest offerings from their favorite creators.

In addition to third-party content discovery, the latest Playgrounds version includes enhanced touch gestures for selecting code snippets. The gestures are more precise and easier to use, Apple says. A related user interface change displays and hides the onscreen keyboard in a more predictable manner.

The What's Next section has also been tuned to provide better suggestions on new playgrounds. Apple includes a variety of unspecified bug fixes and performance enhancements in the latest version of its code teaching software.

Swift Playgrounds debuted in 2016 as an in-house effort to teach children -- and adults -- how to code using the company's Swift programming language. The software relies on a 3D world, animations and other interactive tools to teach basic coding techniques to users of all ages, even those who have no prior coding experience.

Swift Playgrounds is a free 273.6MB download from the App Store.


  • Reply 1 of 2
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    If Apple is serious here they need to get this running on desktop (Mac OS & Linux).  
  • Reply 2 of 2
    wizard69 said:
    If Apple is serious here they need to get this running on desktop (Mac OS & Linux).  
    Why? On the Mac Apple has other courses on Swift based on Xcode, which are better, by the way.
    App Development with Swift

    And as for Linux, Swift is open source, start today...
    edited November 2018 SpamSandwich
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