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Apple’s educational iOS coding tool allows users to build and submit App Store apps

The basic coding application is also enhancing search and in-app accessibility features. Usher in a major update of Swift Playgrounds. For the first time, developers will be able to use their iPad to completely build iPhone and iPad applications and submit them directly to the App Store.

According to Apple, the update marks a significant leap forward for its Swift platform, which was released in 2016 as a means for anyone to learn the basics of coding. Of course, that probably means that much of what is built using the app is not going to be overly complex.

For more elaborate apps, Apple has Xcode, a suite of developer tools that can be used to build software for its larger ecosystem, from macOS to WatchOS to tvOS. But, notably, the Swift Playgrounds change marks the first time developers will be able to create and submit apps from an iPad without the need for a Mac. The move signals that the platform is evolving from a rudimentary learning tool into a basic app development program. Though, for more experienced developers, nothing short of Xcode support for iPad will suffice.

With the launch of Swift Playgrounds 4 later this year, Apple says that users will also be able to take advantage of enhanced features such as list view, search experience, in-app accessibility, multiple lists and more.

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