During their WWDC 2016 conference, Apple announced the release of a new app for the iPad that they aim to use to help teach kids own to code, particular how to code with their own Swift programming language.
Called Swift Playgrounds, it will be available in public beta in July and will use various demos and games to teach users various factors of Swift coding.
“I wish Swift Playgrounds was around when I was first learning to code,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering. “Swift Playgrounds is the only app of its kind that is both easy enough for students and beginners, yet powerful enough to write real code. It’s an innovative way to bring real coding concepts to life and empower the next generation with the skills they need to express their creativity.”
The app will also be available for free, so it will automatically be more accessible than various other apps from within this field.
Swift Playgrounds is available today to Apple Developer Program members as part of the iOS 10 developer preview and will be available with the iOS 10 public beta in July. The final version of Swift Playgrounds will be available in the App Store for free this fall.
It is compatible with all iPad Air and iPad Pro models and iPad mini 2 and later models running iOS 10.