Apple has released an update to the Swift Playgrounds app today, bringing improved access to third-party content and improved touch gestures. The update, version 2.2 for those keeping score at home, is available now in the App Store for your iPad.
For those that may not know, Swift Playgrounds is an education app that teaches kids and adults how to program in Swift. It walks you through step-by-step tutorials to teach you how to code in the programming language. It is an easy and fun way to learn the language.
For this update, Apple has made several big improvements to the app.
- Third-party content is easy to discover and download for free directly within the app
- Touch gestures for selecting code are more precise and easier to use
- What’s Next is smarter about suggesting new playgrounds for you to try
- On-screen keyboard shows and hides more predictably
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements
Apple has made the Playgrounds app free so you can learn how to code in Swift. The app only works on iPad so you will not be able to download it on your iPhone. As you go through each tutorial, you will learn new commands that can be used in the language, assemble that code, and run it to verify that you have created it correctly. As you progress through the tutorials, the coding challenges get more difficult.
If you want to give it a try, just download it from the App Store.