Swift Playgrounds Now Available in Five Additional Languages

Apple’s Popular App for Learning to Code in Swift Now Supports
Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German & Latin American Spanish

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple® today announced that Swift Playgrounds™, a revolutionary app for
iPad® that helps students learn to code, is now available in five new
languages including Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and
Latin American Spanish. Designed to make learning and experimenting with
real code interactive and fun, Swift Playgrounds is perfect for students
and beginners to explore working with Swift™, the easy-to-learn
programming language from Apple that is used by professional developers
to create world-class apps.

The app includes Apple-developed programming lessons, puzzles and
challenges that teach core coding concepts, as well as built-in
templates to encourage users to express their creativity and create real
programs. And it takes full advantage of the power, simplicity and
Multi-Touch™ capabilities of iPad to deliver a first-of-its-kind
learning experience. All programming lessons are now localized across
five additional languages and are optimized to look even better and run
faster than ever.

“The Swift Playgrounds app has helped people of all ages learn the
basics of coding, and with more than a million downloads to date,
customers and students find it an easy and fun way to get started with
Swift,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Hundreds of thousands of iPhone and
iPad apps, including some of the most popular in the App Store, use
Swift — a programming language we designed to be both powerful and easy
for anyone to learn.”

“Swift Playgrounds is the perfect app to help our students learn to
code, and I’m very excited students in China are now are able to use it
with Simplified Chinese support,” said Xiaoming Bao, Hangzhou Foreign
Languages School. “Last year, we created an optional coding class for my
students to learn fundamental coding concepts using Swift Playgrounds. I
had no previous experience with coding, but the engaging and
easy-to-learn app, along with the comprehensive teacher guide developed
by Apple, made me confident that I could inspire and facilitate my
students to learn to code, and understand coding as a way of thinking
that can be applied to other subjects and everyday life. Chinese
language support will make the learning experience with Swift
Playgrounds even easier for students.”

Swift Playgrounds performs great on iPad and is a perfect companion app
for the new 9.7-inch iPad, also announced today, featuring a brighter
Retina® display and best-in-class performance at its most affordable
price, starting at $329. iPad is a hit with teachers and students around
the world, bringing them access to Swift Playgrounds and the more than
180,000 educational apps built specifically for it and the widest
selection of high quality Multi-Touch textbooks and rich digital content
to personalize learning.

Pricing and Availability

Swift Playgrounds is available today for free in the App Store® in
English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, German and Latin American
Spanish. The app is compatible with all iPad models running iOS 10 or
later. For more information including videos, images and demos, visit: apple.com/swift/playgrounds.

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Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with
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Contacts

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