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Apple's Swift Playgrounds 4.0 allows you to publish apps quicker

Screenshots of Swift Playgrounds 40 running on Mac and iPad

Apple has announced the availability of Swift Playgrounds 4.0 for iPad and Mac. This month's update brings a plethora of new changes which are outlined in full below but some of the main changes include being able to build apps with SwiftUI right on your iPad (with iPadOS 15.2+) and App Store Connect integration allows you to upload your app to the App Store even quicker.

Here’s the full list of new features for Swift Playgrounds 4.0 on iOS:

  • Build iPhone and iPad apps with SwiftUI right on your iPad (requires iPadOS 15.2 or later)
  • App Store Connect integration lets you upload your finished app to the App Store
  • App Preview shows live updates as you make changes to your app
  • Full-screen preview lets you see your app edge-to-edge
  • Smart, inline code suggestions help you write code quickly and accurately
  • App Projects make it easy to move projects to Xcode and back
  • Project-wide search finds results across multiple files
  • Snippets Library provides hundreds of SwiftUI controls, symbols, and colors
  • Swift Package support lets you include publicly-available code to enhance your apps

This is what’s new on the macOS version:

  • Support for Swift 5.5

If you’re not familiar with Swift Playgrounds, it’s a “revolutionary” app for iPad and Mac that teaches you how to code and build apps using Apple’s relatively new programming language, Swift. It includes interesting lessons and walkthroughs that help you grasp the core concepts of coding in Swift while working on projects. To learn more or download Swift Playgrounds 4.0, head over to the project’s website.

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