One of the best and most important announcements at WWDC 2016 was Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that made coding not only accessible but fun for children of all ages. For a company that makes billions off iPhone sales, it was a singularly noble gift to education, especially since there'd been nothing like it for decades, not since the days of Hypercard and maybe Logo.
Now, on the eve of WWDC 2017, Apple is updating Swift Playgrounds to version 1.5 and making it compatible with a joyous array of third-party robotics sets.
Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering:
And here's what Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will support:
You'll be able to get the new version on June 5, perhaps not-so-coincidentally the same day WWDC 2016 kicks off in San Jose, California.
Thanks for doing this Apple, and thanks to the teams of engineers and educators who make it a reality.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.