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Apple wants to teach iPad users how to code with Swift Playgrounds

The Swift Playgrounds app will be free to download when it hits the App Store this fall and promises to teach users "serious code in a fun way."

Chris Kerr

June 14, 2016

1 Min Read

Apple will release a new coding app designed to teach iPad owners how to use its Swift programming language. 

The app, Swift Playgrounds, will be free to download when it hits the App Store this fall and promises to teach "serious code in a fun way."

Users will be asked to solve puzzles to learn the basics and build more advanced creations, while the app will also come with a set of Apple-designed lessons that challenge players to guide characters through 3D worlds using real code. 

Additional features come in the form of pre-made templates that show how advanced code is woven together, and the ability to share and edit projects using Mail, Messages, or Airdrop.

Those familiar with Xcode will also be able to import and export creations between the Mac toolkit and Playgrounds. 

In December last year Apple launched a Swift developer community site, Swift.org, and released the Swift project on GitHub

For more detailed information on Swift Playgrounds head on over to the official Apple website. 

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Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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