Swift Playgrounds 4.0 removes the need for a Mac to publish apps

Apple has released Swift Playgrounds 4.0, allowing users to create and submit their apps using just an iPad.

Swift Playgrounds It was initially released in 2016 as an educational tool and development environment for Apple’s latest native programming language, which was released a couple of years earlier.

The iPad version of Swift Playgrounds came first before a macOS version was released last year. However, a Mac has always been needed to publish an application.

Apple is increasingly promoting the iPad as a laptop replacement for many users and is backing it with improvements to iPadOS, such as adding the proper support for cursors in 2020 and vastly improving multitasking this year.

Swift Playgrounds 4.0 helps facilitate that discourse for Apple, and the company can now say that developers can go through the entire app development and publishing process using just their iPad.

“Swift Playgrounds is a great way to learn to code directly on a Mac or iPad. With Swift Playgrounds 4 coming later this year, users will be able to create the visual design of an application with SwiftUI, ”said Apple when announcing the update in summer.

“App projects can be opened and edited in Swift Playgrounds or Xcode, and when ready, users can create a real app and submit it directly to the App Store right from their iPad.”

Here are the officers Release notes:

  • Create iPhone and iPad apps with SwiftUI directly on your iPad (requires iPadOS 15.2 or later)
  • App Store Connect integration allows you to upload your finished application to the App Store
  • The app preview shows live updates as you make changes to your app
  • Full screen preview lets you view your application from edge to edge
  • Smart inline code hints help you write code quickly and accurately
  • Application projects make it easy to transfer projects to Xcode and vice versa
  • Project-wide search finds results in multiple files
  • Snippet library provides hundreds of SwiftUI controls, symbols, and colors
  • Swift Package compatibility allows you to include publicly available code to enhance your applications

Users must still become Apple Registered Developers to submit their apps and they will go through the same approval process before they are published on the App Store.

In a SlashData report, Swift was ranked ninth in community size, right behind its Android counterpart, Kotlin. Both remain crowds behind the more established languages:

swift developer community size

Apple surely hopes that Swift Playgrounds will help drive language adoption.

(Image credit: Apple)

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