Following the release of iOS 15.5 and macOS Monterey 12.4, Apple today released Swift Playgrounds 4.1, the latest version of the iPad and Mac app designed to teach users how to code and create apps.

On a Mac, Swift Playgrounds 4.1 adds a host of new features including support for creating Mac apps using SwiftUI with macOS 12.4 or later, guided walkthroughs that teach the basics of building a SwiftUI app, live updates in App Preview as changes are made, and App Preview Store Connect Integration for uploading finished apps to the ‌App Store‌.

Here are Apple’s full release notes for the release of Swift Playgrounds for Mac.

Swift Playgrounds 4.1 introduces new features, new content, and bug fixes. New features include:
Create Mac apps with SwiftUI (requires macOS 12.4 or later)
How-to guide teaches the basics of building a SwiftUI app
– App preview shows live updates as you make changes to your app
– Apps created with Swift Playgrounds are launched and installed in the Applications folder
– App Store Connect integration allows you to upload your completed app to the App Store (Apple Developer Program account required)
– Built-in smart code suggestions help you write code quickly and accurately
Project-level search finds results across multiple files
– Snippets library offers hundreds of SwiftUI controls, icons and colors
– Swift Package support allows you to embed publicly available code to enhance your apps
– App Projects makes it easy to move projects to Xcode and back

The iOS version of Swift Playgrounds 4.1 doesn’t add many completely new features, but it does include a new “Keep working with apps” feature to help users better understand how to transfer data through SwiftUI apps. It also adds Animating Shapes to teach users how to create, edit, and animate shapes, plus it includes Capturing Photos, which provides an advanced look at camera creation.

Swift Playgrounds for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store, and Swift Playgrounds for ‌iPad‌ can be downloaded from the iOS App Store.

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