Apple just announced a new development for Swift, its set of tools for buildings iOS apps, and is expanding it with a new app for iPads called “Swift Playgrounds.” Swift Playgrounds is targeted at everyone but, specifically, it appears Apple wants to attract kids.
The app provides instructions and tools for Swift coding, in addition to the ability to code right inside the app. Some featured content includes “Learn to Code 1: Fundamentals of Swift” and “Learn to Code 2: Beyond the Basics.” There are other free lessons right inside the application, too, and a table of contents includes plenty of lessons to “engage and motivate learners,” Apple said.
Swift Playgrounds isn’t just for the basics, Apple said. Users can explore advanced codes and tap right into the iOS SDK to “do almost anything,” Apple explained. There’s also a specific “coding keyboard” that provides quick access to popular numbers and symbols that might be useful in code.
Swift Playgrounds launches in a developer preview today and in the public beta next month. It will hit the app store when iOS 10 launches this fall. It will be free.