Apple has today released Swift Playgrounds 4, an update to the popular coding tool that now allows people to create iPhone and iPad apps on an iPad without the need to ever set foot near a Mac.

The new update includes support for App Store Connect, making it easier to upload finished apps to the App Store.

The full list of changes in Swift Playgrounds 4 reads:

Swift Playgrounds 4.0 features:

  • Build iPhone and iPad apps with SwiftUI right on your iPad (requires iPadOS 15.2 or later)
  • App Store Connect integration lets you upload your finished app to the App Store
  • App Preview shows live updates as you make changes to your app
  • Full-screen preview lets you see your app edge-to-edge
  • Smart, inline code suggestions help you write code quickly and accurately
  • App Projects make it easy to move projects to Xcode and back
  • Project-wide search finds results across multiple files
  • Snippets Library provides hundreds of SwiftUI controls, symbols, and colors
  • Swift Package support lets you include publicly-available code to enhance your apps

Anyone wanting to create an app for iPhone and iPad directly on an iPad will need to be running iPadOS 15.2 or later — an update that was released to the public this week. Apple also made Swift Playgrounds 4 available for the Mac, adding support for Swift 5.5 in the process.

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