Swift is an open-source programming language that Apple launched a couple of years ago. It is also the same programming language that developers use to create iOS and macOS apps, and what better way to get developers ingrained with the language and the iOS platform other than to start them out at a young age?
To that end, Apple has officially announced Swift Playgrounds, an app created for the iPad that will basically teach kids how to code in Swift in a fun and interactive manner. Gone are the days of thick and boring manuals. Instead it seems that this app will be filled with bright and cartoony designs meant to pique the curiosity of children and make it a little less dreary.
According to Apple, “The library of Apple-developed programming lessons helps students learn core coding concepts, such as issuing commands, creating functions, performing loops and using conditional code and variables, and allows them to progressively build confidence and skill.” Apple is also expected to keep the app updated with new standalone challenges to help students with their progression.
Swift Playgrounds is obviously not the first app of its kind, but it is a first for Apple. The app will be free for download when it is released later this fall, but a preview release will be made available today for those who are part of the Apple Developer Program.