At the recent Technology Directions event in Darwin, there was a lot of interest in how the iPhone and iPad can be used with ArcGIS. Here’s a quick overview of the options..
Use the free Esri ArcGIS application for the iPhone and iPad available on the Apple iTunes Store. You can use this app to access maps authored in ArcGIS.com, or content delivered from your own ArcGIS Server. You can query the map, search and find interesting information, measure distance and areas, and share maps with other users.
Build your own iPhone/iPad native application using the Esri ArcGIS API for iOS. Using this API you can combine access to ArcGIS maps, queries and geoprocessing with all the power of the Apple device and O/S including it’s GPS and multi-touch screen. Pre-requisites for building apps using this API are access to an Apple Mac, the Xcode development environment, and establishing yourself as a Registered Apple Developer. The final version of the ArcGIS API for iOS was released last week.
If you’re looking at other smart phone devices, you might also want to take a look at ArcGIS for Windows Phone – another combination of application and API to support ArcGIS on the upcoming Windows Phone platform.
I’ll be at Technology Directions events around the country over the next few weeks, so come and talk to me if you’d like more information on this.