Swift Playgrounds Expands Coding Education to Robots, Drones and Musical Instruments


Apple today announced that Swift Playgrounds, its educational coding app for iPad, will offer an exciting new way to learn to code using robots, drones and musical instruments. Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students and beginners learning to code with Swift, Apple’s powerful and intuitive programming language for building world-class apps. Apple is working with leading device makers to make it easy to connect to Bluetooth-enabled robots within the Swift Playgrounds app, allowing kids to program and control popular devices, including LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3, the Sphero SPRK+, Parrot drones and more. The Swift Playgrounds 1.5 update will be available as a free download on the App Store beginning Monday, June 5.

This is a very cool announcement in and of itself. But my first thought after seeing this announced today was that Monday’s keynote must be jam-packed. This could have easily been a 10-minute segment in the keynote, with cool on-stage demos.

Thursday, 1 June 2017