Apple Swift Playgrounds 4 launched: simple programming app for the iPad

Do you have a great idea for an app, but you don’t have a Mac at hand? Then the new coding app from Apple is just right for you! In June 2021, Apple announced, “Swift Playgrounds 4” at WWDC. It has been quiet for a long time about the Swift app. But with the release of iOS 15.2 and iPad OS 15.2, the new app was also launched. With this program you can easily and intuitively immerse yourself in the Apple programming language “Swift” and you can even publish your own app in the app store!

  • Apple launches the developer app “Swift Playgrounds 4”,
  • Is aimed primarily at students, teachers, and all those who want to program.
  • SwiftUI makes handling easier and group work is also possible through the cloud.


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For several months now, rumors have been circulating about an app that allows you to program your own apps on the iPad and set them up in the app store. Now the time has come and the developer app “Swift Playgrounds 4” has been officially launched. This enables you to create the visual design of an app with SwiftUI and upload it directly to the app store. The framework used is used, for example, to ensure that changes you make in the code are displayed directly. This gives you an immediate idea of ​​what small changes can have for an effect.

Swift Playgrounds is the best and easiest way to learn how to code. And with Swift Playgrounds 4, you have the tools to build iPhone and iPad apps right on iPad and submit them directly to App Store Connect, providing a new way for you to easily create apps and share them with the world. – Apple

The visual assistance makes it easier for students and laypeople to understand how a code works, and Apple slowly introduces you to the Swift programming language. The app also offers various exercises so that you can actually understand and actively apply what you have learned. Similar to the “Duolingo” language learning app, you learn how to use Swift in a playful way and can thus program small apps.

Who is Swift Playgrounds 4 for?

But don’t confuse Apple’s new app with an Xcode app. In Swift Playgrounds 4, the SwiftUI is primarily used to learn how the programming language works. This means that the app is aimed primarily at people who do not own a Mac, but still have their own ideas for apps and want to implement them. Schoolchildren and teachers can also benefit from the app. Let’s be honest – if we had had an app like this in IT class when I was at school, I would not have wasted the time playing pinball.


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In the snippet library, you will also find countless SwiftUI controls that you can use as you wish to give your app the shine it needs. You also have the option of creating an app in a kind of group work. That means you can upload apps to a cloud and work on them in parallel with others.

Get to know the Apple coding language better every day! © Apple
On the iMac, the apps are programmed using Swift 5.5. © Apple
You will receive options from the app if you are unsure. © Apple
Plan your apps and create your own program! © Apple

By the way, in order to be able to use the application, you need the new iPadOS 15.2. You can use the program with iOS 14.7, but then it can only be used to a limited extent.


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What do you think of the app? Do you think that it is easier to introduce people to programming through playful learning? Let us know! We are happy.


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