Swift Playgrounds: Apple’s new iPad app to teach you how to code

By , Jun 13, 2016


In wrapping up Apple’s WWDC keynote this morning, Tim Cook announced a new iPad app called Swift Playgrounds for teaching people how to code. Cook specifically says “the best way to teach everyone to code,” but it definitely looks like it was built with kids in mind.

The app looks a lot like other learn-to-code apps (Hopscotch!), but it’s cool that Apple is using its scale to get such a tool into the hands of more people. The company says the app “combines the powerful Swift programming language and the powerful capabilities of iPad.”


So what’s the app like? Well you essentially learn the fundamentals of coding through lessons and challenges. There’s a special software keyboard with programming-specific shortcuts: press and drag down on a key in Swift Playground to trigger an asterisk, or other key alternatives.

There will be a developer preview of Swift Playgrounds today, public beta next month, and it will be available to everyone in the fall.

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  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    It actually looks pretty neat. And it’s free!

    • Arjan Vlek

      Which iPads does it support?

      • Rowan09

        iPad 4 and up.

      • Arjan Vlek

        Nice! This means my iPad 4 will get a lot of new goodies this fall 🙂

      • MacAndCheese

        It’s not showing up on my iPad 4 :/

  • Valinor

    Cool, maybe I’ll finally learn some coding

  • MacAndCheese

    I updated my iPad 4 to iOS 10 and it’s not there. Do I have to download it from somewhere?

    • lsills81

      Any luck?

      • MacAndCheese

        None yet 🙁

    • Bruce Milyko

      Search for playgrounds on the iPad. You can download it from your search results.

      • MacAndCheese

        Thank all, search it where though? Ive searched the App Store with no luck

      • Bruce Milyko

        Do a global search from the main screen. Just pull down in the middle of the main screen and type playgrounds into that search bar.

      • MacAndCheese

        It’s not there on mine, I think it’s not available on iPad 4 🙁

      • Bruce Milyko

        That might be true. I have only tested it on my iPad Air 2.

      • MacAndCheese

        I see, I hope we get it eventually. Thanks for your help though