Apple has big plans for Swift, the wildly popular programming language it first introduced in 2014.
Indeed, Swift has seen a lot of love from schools and classrooms everywhere. To keep that train going, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds on Monday, an official iPhone and iPad app for kids (and adults) to learn how to code with Swift.
“We believe it’s the absolute best way to teach everyone to code,” says Apple CEO Tim Cook. “We believe code should be a required language in all schools.”
In an on-stage demo, Apple demonstrated a few Swift Playgrounds lessons, including building a simple emoji-stacking game. The app prompts the user to adjust things like weight and gravity, showing them how changes to the code affect the way the game is build and played.
Swift Playgrounds includes a custom iPhone keyboard with commonly-used symbols and functions in Swift, to simplify the learning process.
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The news got wild cheers from the audience at WWDC, which includes 350 student developers attending on an Apple-issued scholarship.
Swift Playgrounds will be in public beta in July, and in the iPhone and iPad App Store alongside iOS 10, which comes out in the fall of 2016.