About the iOS app for the BBC micro:bit

About the micro:bit app (iOS)

The micro:bit app provides online access to a choice of code editors for programming your micro:bit and stores your programs in your iPad or iPhone. When you are ready, you can choose a program and beam it to the micro:bit via Bluetooth wireless.

In the code editor, when you create a new script, or select a project from the ‘Home’ page, the process of transferring code to the micro:bit app begins when you tap the ‘Download’ button in the code editor. The “micro:bit” app then transfers your code to the micro:bit. If you ‘Save’ the code as a HEX file, the ‘Flash’ page automatically opens with your file highlighted in the ‘Flash’ panel. Tapping the ‘Flash’ button activates the transfer of the file to your micro:bit. This takes about 40 seconds or less. When complete, the program in the file is installed in the micro:bit and is ready to run.

As well as providing more flexible handling of your program scripts and HEX files, a major addition in this version of the micro:bit app is the Monitor and Control page. This allows you to observe real-time data from the micro:bit sensors, send messages directly to the LEDs and control the micro:bit buttons and pins from your iPad or iPhone. Monitor is ideal for exploiting Bluetooth services in real-time, and for de-bugging your program code.

Acknowledgement

The micro:bit iOS app is developed by Insight Resources on behalf of the Micro:bit Educational Foundation.

www.insightresources.co.uk

www.microbit.org

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