Swift Playgrounds 4 is now available on the App Store

Swift Playgrounds 4 is now available on the App Store

Tech Highlights:

  • 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. Swift Playgrounds 4 was announced back in June at WWDC 2021. The app helps developers and students learn the company’s Swift programming language, and the new version lets developers build and submit apps to the App Store directly from an iPad.  Last month, 9to5Mac showed a first look at the app with some exclusive screenshots of the app running on iPadOS 15.2. Now, it’s finally out for any user to try. For those unfamiliar, Swift Playgrounds is an Apple app to help developers and students learn the company’s Swift programming language. Here’s how Apple describes the app:

  • Swift Playgrounds is the most effective and user-friendly way to learn how to code. And, with Swift Playgrounds 4, you can build iPhone and iPad apps directly on your iPad and submit them to App Store Connect, giving you a new way to easily create apps and share them with the world. As you build apps, the code is immediately reflected in the live preview, and you can run them full screen to test them out. A new open project format based on Swift packages can be opened and edited in Swift Playgrounds for iPad as well as Xcode on Mac, giving you even more flexibility when developing apps for both iPad and Mac.

Although before WWDC21 users were expecting a proper Xcode application for the M1 iPad Pro, Apple surprised its customers with the Swift Playgrounds 4 announcement.

It’s worth mentioning, though, that building and submitting apps to App Store Connect requires iPadOS 15.2. The software update was released earlier this week, and it should show up on your iPad if it’s compatible. Swift Playgrounds remains a free software that anyone can take advantage of. However, to submit apps to the store, you would need an Apple Developer account, which costs $99 per year.

This update also lets users preview and see changes in real-time as they type. Live editing also works when the developer shares the project with someone else via iCloud Drive, so multiple people can work on the same project at the same time. Users can even test the app on full screen, explore SwiftUI controls, search across all files in a project, use quick inline code suggestions, and easily switch between Swift Playgrounds and Xcode (or vice-versa). You can download or update Swift Playgrounds for your iPad here. Just make sure you’re already running iPadOS 15.2.


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