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What is Sw ift Play­grounds?

Swift is a pro­gram­ming lan­guage re­leased by Ap­ple in 2014. It was de­signed to be sim­pler than the Ob­jec­tive-C lan­guage Ap­ple devel­op­ers were us­ing un­til that point, and eas­ier to get into for peo­ple with­out prior pro­gram­ming ex­pe­ri­ence. In 2016, Ap­ple in­tro­duced Swift Play­grounds, an iPad app that in­tro­duces Swift to chil­dren aged eight-12 years old — and is pop­u­lar with adults.

What about AR?

Ap­ple has big plans for aug­mented re­al­ity (AR), and the tech is start­ing to find its way into ed­u­ca­tional toys. Even tod­dlers can get started, with Parker, Your AR Bear ($59.99, for ages 3+), which uses an iOS app to al­low chil­dren to in­ter­act with Parker while solv­ing puz­zles and play­ing games.

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