What's new in SwiftUI

Description: SwiftUI can help you build better and more powerful apps for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. Learn more about the latest refinements to SwiftUI, including interface improvements like outlines, grids, and toolbars. Take advantage of SwiftUI’s enhanced support across Apple frameworks to enable features like Sign In with Apple. Discover new visual effects, as well as new controls and styles. And find out how the new app and scene APIs enable you to create apps entirely in SwiftUI, as well as custom complications and all new widgets. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with SwiftUI. Watch "Introduction to SwiftUI" for a primer.

100% SwiftUI Apps

We can now build an entire app completely in SwiftUI.

This is a fully functional app:

struct HelloWorld: App {
    var body: some Scene {
        WindowGroup {
            Text("Hello, world!").padding()
  • We can do so thanks to the new App protocol, which requires a body of type some Scene.
  • WindowGroup lets us create scenes easily based on the platform, and more.
  • DocumentGroup lets us open, edit, and save document-based scenes.


  • New Launch Screen Info.plist key
  • Lets us declare standard UI components such as images, navigation bar, tab bar, background colors as the app launch screen.
  • Replaces the LaunchScreen.storyboard.


  • Built exclusively with SwiftUI
  • Widgets are just like Views, however instead of conforming to View, they conform to the Widget protocol, and the body returns a some WidgetConfiguration instance.

Apple Watch

  • We can use SwiftUI to build custom complications


Toolbar and Controls

  • New .toolbar modifier and ToolBarItem, those are examples of semantic placements, we describe to SwiftUI the role that these toolbar items have, and SwiftUI will automatically place them properly.
  • We can also specify the placement in the ToolBarItem explicitly in its initializer
  • Label
    • new View that combines a text and an image (in reality Label accepts two AnyView instances)
    • Labels adapt neatly based on the context and dynamic type size, sometimes the text might not be shown (for example on navigation bars)
  • ProgressView
    • can display determinant and indeterminate progress
    • linear and circular style
    • customizable
  • Gauge
    • used to display a value relative to a range (min/max)
  • Other important modifiers
    • .help
    • .keyboardShortcut

Effects and Styling

  • matchedGeometryEffect
  • ContainerRelativeShape
  • We can add a new AppAccentColor color assets in our bundle to have our app automatically adapt that accent color in all our UI.
  • We can also customize some parts of our UI with a different color than the app accent color by using the relative tint modifier such as listItemTint

System Integration

  • The new Link view lets open a webpage or deep link to another app, this is the equivalent of creating a button with a UIApplication.shared.open action
  • drag and drop support
  • SignInWithAppleButton
  • More integrations:
    • AVKit
    • MapKit
    • SceneKit
    • SpriteKit
    • QuickLook
    • HomeKit
    • ClockKit
    • StoreKit
    • WatchKit

Missing anything? Corrections? Contributions are welcome 😃


Written by

Federico Zanetello

Federico Zanetello

Software engineer with a strong passion for well-written code, thought-out composable architectures, automation, tests, and more.