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Xamarin Previews iOS 12 SDKs

Microsoft's Xamarin team announced a preview release that lets C# developers tackle iOS 12, the next major release of Apple's mobile OS that's expected to ship this fall.

The Xamarin preview release lets developers work with new iOS capabilities such as the new ARKit 2 for augmented reality, which includes scene persistence and object detection. Augmented reality is a hot trend in mobile development, powering popular consumer products like Pokémon GO. Other new features include Siri Shortcuts, frameworks for Natural Language and Vision, HealthKit, Core ML for machine learning, and more.

Access to iOS 12 APIs comes with the latest Xamarin preview release that supports the recently unveiled Xcode 10 Beta 5. The new support for Xcode 10 Beta 5 comes in new editions of Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin, Visual Studio for Mac, Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Mac.

In addition to targeting Apple's flagship iOS 12, the Xamarin preview includes beta SDKs for working with new features in macOS Mojave (10.14), watchOS 5 and tvOS 12.

Instructions for setting up Visual Studio 2017 to work with the preview (along with a new way to install the correct software for Visual Studio for Mac) can be found here. More information can be found in today's (Aug. 10) Xamarin preview announcement post.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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