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Swift Playgrounds is a revolutionary app that makes it fun to learn and experiment with code. You solve interactive puzzles in the guided “Learn to Code” lessons to master the basics of coding, or experiment with a wide range of challenges that let you explore many unique coding experiences.

Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out, from twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve. The whole time you are learning Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build many of today’s most popular apps. And because it’s built to take full advantage of iPad and the real iPadOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds is a first-of-its-kind learning experience.

Lessons built-in
• Apple-created lessons guide you through the core concepts of programming by using code to solve puzzles
• See your code run in a beautiful, interactive 3D world that you can rotate with a finger and pinch to zoom
• Animations introduce each new coding concept at a high level before you dive into the puzzles
• Choose from three animated characters to carry out the steps of your code
• Glossary and built-in help pages give detailed information about available commands and frameworks

Explore and create
• Challenges offer many new opportunities for creativity by playing with game logic, music, sensors, and more
• Interactive coding shows the results of your code instantly, either beside the text or acted out in the live view
• Step through your code to highlight each line as it is run
• Use your own photos and images within a playground to make it uniquely yours
• Starting points are a head start to create your own playgrounds that use graphs, graphics, touch, or chat with the computer
• Create your own playgrounds from scratch to take your coding skills to entirely new places
• Reset any page to start over, or duplicate and rename any document to give a family member their own copy

Built for touch
• QuickType suggestions let you add multiple lines of code in just a few taps, no keyboard required
• Tap and hold to grab any command and move it around to change the order of your code
• Drag a brace with your finger to wrap a block of code inside a loop or conditional statement
• Drag and drop snippets of commonly-used code directly into your playground
• Tap a color box in your code to display a pop-up color picker
• Coding keyboard has all the common Swift characters, just swipe to pick the alternate symbol on any key

Real Swift and iOS code
• Learn the same powerful Swift programming language used by the pros to create thousands of apps in the App Store
• Access iPadOS frameworks such as SpriteKit for 2D games, SceneKit for 3D graphics, UIKit, and more
• Your code has direct control of iPad hardware such as the gyroscope, accelerometer, camera, and touch events
• Use Bluetooth APIs to write playgrounds that control robots and other real-world devices with your iPad
• Concepts and skills you learn directly apply when writing real apps

• Send your creations to friends and family using Messages, Mail, AirDrop, or other Share Sheet extensions
• Record a video of yourself coding or running your creation, complete with your own voice narration
• Broadcast a coding session live to the world using any streaming service app that supports ReplayKit

What’s New

Version 3.4

• Console area shows the output of your print() statements
• Code suggestions appear much faster
• Export as a new playground lets you create custom lessons with a new reset point
• Fonts are resizable in the code editor
• Sidebar shows the table of contents and any additional Swift code files

Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

Aidenx ,

Music Plays When App Is Not In Use

Sometimes I’ll come home and the music from the app will be playing. I’ll unlock my iPad and the app won’t be open, though if I use the app switcher to find the app it appears to be running when it should be frozen. I tried to use my Apple ID to log into the bug reporter, but it says my account does not exist, even though I get a 2-factor authentication notification prompt.

micman1000 ,

Fun but Could be better.. esp for compete beginners!

This app is a great concept.. but it needs to decide if it is a true keyword entry set up... as per the still brilliant ZX Spectrum language... or if they want you to type the commands in with all the fiddly little parentheses in the right places... which on a touchscreen system with no mouse is extra, extra tedious.... especially when you are nesting commands. In fact it is now well over 30 years since basic programming was successfully introduced to the masses and I am really surprised how poor the interface for this supposed 'state of the art high level?' language really is. Developers... can we have an 'if else' keyword entry please as per the other commands... I presume it is due to a bug that it does not appear in the keyword list...

People having to learn this with no previous experience are going to give up when they have to type this command in and cannot figure out why it will not run as they have a { missing or positioned in the wrong nesting context. This impediment to easy learning is very very poor for a supposed modern high level language.

However I am hoping we will finally get to the point where I can actually do some useful programming with it... all in all 7/10 when it could so easily have been a 9.

R1200GT ,

Great app and thorough

The only major issue I have come across is that sometimes the scenario is not visible and I just have a blue screen. I can’t find the scenario by zooming or scrolling. The app being reset fixes this.
I am using an iPad Air 2 and it is possible that this is a bit slow for the app.
The shortcut bar is a bit tedious when there’s a lot of commands on it.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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