From startups to large organizations, our customers in every industry use mapping and location-aware technology in their mobile solutions and Line-of-Business applications. It can be for mobile workforces, tracking assets (IoT), or as simple as helping a customer find your business (Store locator).
Azure Maps already has support for the Web and Android, but as of today, we are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Maps iOS SDK! With the Azure Maps iOS SDK, we make it easier for developers to integrate immersive mapping solutions in their mobile applications for the Apple ecosystem with the power of the Microsoft Cloud.
The Azure Maps iOS SDK has functional parity of the feature set in the Azure Maps Web SDK and Azure Maps Android SDK for easy cross-platform adoption. Like the Android SDK, our iOS SDK leverages the data-driven style expressions and supports vector tiles to provide the best user experience for customers' business logic and boost the performance of rendering massive data set.
Ease of development and maintenance
When working on a cross-platform solution, it is essential to reuse your Azure Maps knowledge across these different platforms without losing time in relearning. The Azure Maps team is proud to create a consistent developer experience across our Web, Android, and iOS offerings. Developers can easily add rich and performant map visualizations and geospatial experiences to their solutions across different platforms with the benefit of consistent code and low maintenance.
For example, the code below demonstrates adding a heat map layer to an Azure Map in Web, Android, and iOS projects. As a result, developers now can use almost identical code to develop mapping solutions and offer a consistent experience across these platforms.
How to add Azure Maps to an iOS app you can read in the following steps:
Create a project in Xcode
First, create a new iOS App project. Complete these steps to create an Xcode project:
See the Creating an Xcode Project for an App for more help with creating a new project.
Install the Azure Maps iOS SDK
The next step in building your application is to install the Azure Maps iOS SDK. Complete these steps to install the Azure Maps Control:
Add the Map Control to the View
Now that we have the Azure Maps Control installed, we can use the Map Control in our project.
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