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Apple makes Swift Playgrounds available in Chinese, four other languages

Apple’s development learning tool, Swift Playgrounds, is expanding its global reach. Unsurprisingly, that starts with making the tool available in Simplified Chinese, so as to appeal in the Greater China market that the company does so much business in. The company’s also adding Japanese, French, German, and Latin American Spanish. Programming lessons are localized across all five additional languages, and the company says they are optimized to look better and run faster too.

Apple also makes particular note that Swift Playgrounds is “a perfect companion” for the new 9.7-inch iPad, which starts at a more affordable price, showing the company’s clear positioning of the new tablet as an educational tool.