iPhone SDK 3.0 - Playing with Map Kit

UPDATE: Follow the second part here http://blog.objectgraph.com/index.php/2009/04/03/iphone-sdk-30-playing-with-map-kit-part-2/ I started looking at the Map Kit API for developing a quick and dirty - Find where you parked your car - application.

There is no programming guide for Map Kit yet on the developer pages for Apple, So I decided to share some some of it here.

The main class that supports a Map is called


You need to include the header


Also dont forget to add a reference to the Framework MapKit.Framework

The code is relatively simple. Here are the steps

Here is a screenshot of the code

As you can see i just created a reference to MKMapView

Now go to MainViewController.m

and just initialize the view and add it as a subview to the MainViewController’s view.

Thats it, You get a scrollable Map

By adding a few more parameters,

mapView.showsUserLocation=TRUE; mapView.mapType=MKMapTypeHybrid;

You will see similar to below. User’s location on simulator looks like Apple’s HQ

Next time i will explore how to create points on the map.

Here is a reference to MKMapView class.


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