Swift playgrounds apps could be simpler for kids, too
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app is now available for Mac as part of Apple’s Catalyst app initiative, designed to help bridge the software gap between its macOS and iOS platforms (via 9to5Mac), almost four years after it launched as an iPad-exclusive in 2016.
The cleverly disguised free app as a video game teaches how to use Apple’s Swift programming language, and perhaps create their games. Now that it’s on Mac, releasing those Swift playgrounds apps could be simpler for kids, too; they can now use those skills on the same laptop they’d need for the company’s Xcode program. Xcode is not available for Apple’s tablets.
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Apple’s product page also states the code can shift seamlessly from iPad to Mac. The new app comes with a few Mac-exclusive features, such as the ability to drag and drop popular code snippets directly into your lesson with your mouse or trackpad. It also has support for the MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, according to 9to5Mac, but they don’t specify how that could help.