We’re pleased to announce that version 10.2 of ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for iOS and OS X are now available for download. With this release, you can now view, edit, and analyze geographic data entirely on an iOS device or a Mac without needing a network connection. Finally, you can build apps that cut the chord and take GIS out into the wild unknown. Support for iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks is also included so that you can take advantage of new platform features and deploy your apps to the widest possible audience.
This is the first public release of ArcGIS Runtime SDK for OS X. It provides resources to help you develop Mac applications that incorporate many of the same GIS capabilities available in the iOS SDK until now. If you’re familiar with the iOS SDK, you’ll find that you already know how to use the OS X SDK. Most of the APIs remain the same and follow the same basic patterns and practices.
Many of you have been asking for offline functionality since the very beginning, and we’ve been working hard to bring the full power of Esri’s ArcGIS platform to bear on mobile devices, tablets, and Macs. We’re sure you are raring to build amazing apps with novel workflows, and we’re eager to support you. The offline APIs are in beta at this release, which means you cannot deploy apps that use these APIs into production. However, you can develop and test your apps in-house, and in fact, we encourage you to put the APIs through the paces. Let us know what you like, what you don’t, and how the APIs can be improved.
But that’s not all. This release provides improved U/X of rendering graphics, simplified signing into the ArcGIS platform, better support for geodesic operations, and much more. Refer to the documentation (iOS | OS X) for more information about this release and help migrating existing apps.
Some would think that with support for offline functionality, we’ve conquered the final frontier of mobile GIS. But in many ways, we’re really just getting started. Expect to see much more of ArcGIS coming soon to an Apple device near you.