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.