Apple has updated Swift Playgrounds iPad app with Swift 5.3. With this new update, it’s now possible to try building SwiftUI apps and components entirely on your iPad. Although Swift Playgrounds comes with a handful of templates for various kinds of projects, none of them are for SwiftUI – at least not yet.
In the meantime, if you want to get started you can create a new Blank Playground then add your code there. It takes a little boilerplate, so to save you some time here’s the code you need to get started:
It seems that Apple fixed a past NavigationView issue and now learning SwiftUI on the iPad is ideal since it runs well with a Split View Controller. This is a massive leap forward, and is only going to improve. And don’t forget that even without SwiftUI you still get all the benefits of iOS 14, including the new Swift 5.3 opaque return types, Combine, and more.
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