Apple ended the 2016 WWDC with an awesome announcement for aspiring coders by introducing Swift Playgrounds, a free tool designed for people to easily learn Apple’s Swift developer language. Demonstrated on stage by Jean MacDonald, the founder of App Camp for Girls, the app is designed to be used on the iPad and offers what is probably the fastest on-ramp to learning Swift.
Primarily, it teaches the users to code by providing fun onscreen characters and figures with challenges and puzzles that push the user towards learning how to make an actual app for Apple. “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,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering, in a statement released by Apple. “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.”
Apart from new products, this announcement for developers is more than welcome considering that it was a developer’s conference to begin with, despite all the consumer products revealed. The app will be available today to all members of the Apple Developer Program via iOS 10 developer preview and will also be available in the iOS 10 public beta next month. The final version of the app will be available for free in the app store by fall.
The Swift playgrounds presentation was capped off in typical Apple style, with this amazing video titled “New Beginnings” that you can see below.