Try coding with Dark Mode and SwiftUI on Swift Playgrounds for iPad

Swift Playground on iPad
Swift Playground on iPad (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds for iPadOS 13.
  • New features include Dark Mode and SwiftUI.
  • There is also new Learn to Code experiences.

Apple has updated its Swift Playgrounds app, an iPad exclusive, for iPadOS 13. Reported by 9to5Mac, the new changes in Swift 5.1 include Dark Mode, the ability to build with SwiftUI, and new Learn to Code lessons. The app's page on the App Store details all of the new updates:

  • Use the new dark coding theme when running Dark Mode in iPadOS 13
  • In Learn to Code, help Byte and friends explore their world at night when using Dark Mode in iPadOS 13 • Build with the SwiftUI framework in new playgrounds you create • Includes Swift 5.1 and the iOS 13 SDK

Swift Playgrounds Dark Mode

If you've ever been interested in coding and own an iPad, Swift Playgrounds is a fantastic way to get started. The app is built by Apple and designed to teach you Swift code, Apple's own code language that continues to gain traction as the go-to language when coding apps for Apple's devices. In fact, use of swift code has reportedly doubled from iOS 12 to iOS 13. No matter how you are getting started, Apple has built Swift Playgrounds for you:

"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. And because it's built to take full advantage of iPad and the real iOS SDK, Swift Playgrounds is a first-of-its-kind learning experience."

The new version of Swift Playgrounds is available today in the App Store.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.