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What’s new in SwiftUI for iOS 14

Text views, grids, color pickers, and more!

Paul Hudson       @twostraws

SwiftUI was inevitably going to see big changes this year, and I’m really excited to experiment with them all – text views, color pickers, progress views, and even limited support for grids have all landed. Alongside massive improvements to Swift itself (see What's new in Swift 5.3 for more on that), this is a huge leap forward for SwiftUI – we can now make a much wider range of apps.

Please keep in mind that these changes are very new – I'm pushing it as hard as I can, experimenting, refining, sharing, and learning all at the same time. If you have any feedback, please tweet me @twostraws.

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The big stuff

More welcome improvements

New property wrappers

And there's more

Some existing API has seen improvements too:

Plus, improvements in Swift mean you can now use if let and switch statements inside function builders. In practice, this means you can unwrap and use optionals like this:

struct ContentView: View {
    @State var username: String?

    var body: some View {
        Group {
            if let username = username {
                Text("Welcome, \(username)")
            } else {
                Image(systemName: "")

More will come soon – watch this space!

Based on what I’ve seen, many features from wishlists are still missing, including:

  • No sign of compositional collection views – the new grids are more like flow layouts
  • No sign of a way to add a text field to an alert
  • No sign of visual effect views
  • No sign of WebKit integration
  • No sign of tertiary/quaternary colors from UIKit

…but that's okay! We can't get everything all at once, and there's always iOS 15 😅

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About the author

Paul Hudson is the creator of Hacking with Swift, the most comprehensive series of Swift books in the world. He's also the editor of Swift Developer News, the maintainer of the Swift Knowledge Base, and a speaker at Swift events around the world. If you're curious you can learn more here.

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