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June 22, 2023

What is Swift?

Apps have taken over the world. Most of us use them every day for things like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and games. We have them on our phones, tablets and even our TVs, and they are not going away anytime soon.

Swift allows you to build applications for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and Mac.

Why should I learn Swift and build for iOS?

Swift is the future of iOS development on all platforms. It’s very easy to learn; it’s more readable than most languages; it’s very safe to use due to the excellent error handling model; and the coding environment is more engaging compared with other languages. There are over 2 billion active iOS devices worldwide, which means there is a huge customer base, plus it’s very simple to distribute your app through the App Store, which all iOS users use to download their apps.

What will I need?

  • Mac computer: This can be a MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or even a Mac Mini.
  • Xcode: This is the software you will need to write apps in Swift. Xcode version 10.2 or higher is required for Swift 5. (Xcode is free from the Mac App Store. It will only run on a Mac computer.)
  • Apple ID: You will need this to download Xcode.
  • iPhone/iPad: For some of the chapters, you will need an iPhone or iPad to test your apps.


If you plan to publish your app(s) you will need an Apple Developer account and a subscription to the program.


Learn more about Swift and how to use it with Swift Programming in easy steps – available NOW from our online shop in ebook and paperback formats.

£6.99 ebook / £11.99 paperback

By: Darryl Bartlett
ISBN: 9781840787771





Swift Programming in easy steps will teach you how to build iOS apps from scratch using Swift 5. You won’t need any prior programming knowledge at all – the book walks you through the process of UI (user interface) design, coding, all the way to publishing apps to the Apple App Store.


Xcode: the free software to write apps in Swift.

Swift Playgrounds: the experimenting environment that lets you write code and see results instantly.

Firebase: Google’s mobile platform that lets you add functionality to your app.

SpriteKit: that gives you everything you’ll need to build 2D games.

ARKit: that allows you to create Augmented Reality experiences for your app users.

For anyone seeking to discover the easiest way to create apps for Apple devices.

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