Alongside new iOS 11.3, macOS 10.13.4, and tvOS 11.3 betas, Apple today released a major update for Swift Playgrounds, the iPad app that's designed to teach students how to code.

Swift Playgrounds 2.0 introduces a new feature that lets users subscribe to playgrounds from third-party creators, browse and download their content, and get alerts when new playgrounds are made available from content creators.

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The update also includes support for new robots like IBM's TJBot and the Mekamon, accessible via the Add Subscriptions button, and a new gallery view will show all playgrounds including third-party subscriptions in one easy-to-see single view.

A new Locations button is designed to let users open playgrounds from the Files app on the iPad, and documentation for iOS features and commands is now available from the Help button and the tools menu.

The latest version of Swift Playgrounds includes new features to make it easier to discover even more content. Now you can subscribe to playgrounds from your favorite third-party creators, then browse and download their content directly within Swift Playgrounds. You'll automatically see new and updated playgrounds in your subscriptions, a content gallery that shows all playgrounds in a single view, new robots, and much more.

Swift Playgrounds 2.0 can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

ghost187 Avatar
49 months ago
I went through all 3 levels just to see how serious this is and I gotta say I’m impressed. You can learn more from this app than your first year in college as a Computer Science major.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RichardGroves Avatar
49 months ago
not everything needs a subscription.
It’s subscription as in ‘get notified of a content update’ not ‘recurring payment for content’ AFAIKS.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
D.T. Avatar
49 months ago
They should really adapt Swift for MacOS.
You can use Swift to write apps for MacOS, iOS (and all it's various flavors), unless you were talking about something else? (if so, apologies!)
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vicviper789 Avatar
49 months ago
It’s subscription as in ‘get notified of a content update’ not ‘recurring payment for content’ AFAIKS.
we are talking about apple now tho..
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SeminalSage Avatar
49 months ago
This app is excellent, but why not offer a Mac OS based version? Either they’re just really lazy, or they’re using iPad exclusivity to coerce schools into buying iPads and Macs for Playgrounds and Xcode.
Actually, there is a version, sort of, for the Mac. If you go to iBooks (just Books now I guess), there is an "Everyone Can Code" section. There are about 6-8 free books Apple has written to learn coding and Swift. These books are tied to XCode Playgrounds you can download, from Apple, to learn the lessons.

As an aside, I went through the iPad version, and am now working my way through the iBook version. It'll teach you everything you need to get started with coding, Swift, and XCode.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thisisnotmyname Avatar
49 months ago
It’s subscription as in ‘get notified of a content update’ not ‘recurring payment for content’ AFAIKS.
That makes a lot more sense, thank you.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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