Swift Playgrounds heads to Mac as a free coding app for kids

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Back in 2016 Apple released a coding app for children called Swift Playgrounds. It was initially intended for use on the iPad, and designed for users who had next to no knowledge of how to code or programme.

Now the app has migrated to Mac as a free download.

9to5Mac first spotted that the application had made the move, with the site also noting that Swift Playgrounds runs via Apple’s Catalyst platform, making it easier for developers to create solutions that work simultaneously on iOS and macOS.

“Swift Playgrounds requires no coding knowledge, so it’s perfect for students just starting out, from twelve to one-hundred-and-twelve. The whole time you are learning Swift, a powerful programming language created by Apple and used by professionals to build many of today’s most popular apps. Code you write works seamlessly as you move between Mac and iPad,” explains the app’s App Store page.

As a tool for first timers then, Swift Playgrounds holds a lot of value. There is of course the drawback of it only working on Mac though, which means it is out of the reach of many youngsters, with Apple devices being far more expensive than their Windows or Chrome OS alternatives.

With local iStores routinely hosting coding classes and session for learners during the holidays, it will be worthwhile reaching out to your closest location to find out of they are adding Swift Playgrounds to the mix.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.