Esri has expanded its mobile geographic information system (GIS) platform to now support the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in order to allow users to navigate maps, capture and report data and perform GIS analyses. The new ArcGIS for iOS includes both a free downloadable application from Apple's app store and an API for developers to build custom mapping solutions.
ArcGIS for iOS uses capabilities from ArcGIS Online to provide a seamless and easy user experience. This allows ArcGIS Server customers to leverage their GIS investment by using the device to access their corporate data. ArcGIS for iOS also promotes collaboration and information sharing between multiple users in the field.
The ArcGIS for iOS application includes
- Map navigation using native iOS gestures
- Search, Identify, and Measure tools
- Ability to share maps and GIS information with other iOS users
A native application, ArcGIS for iOS serves as a mobile gateway into the ArcGIS system. It provides access to services available through ArcGIS Online or on-site ArcGIS Server deployments hosting authoritative corporate data. The ArcGIS for iOS application consumes maps authored and hosted through ArcGIS Server.
The ArcGIS API for iOS works with and uses Web services available from ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Online and this also allows developers and Esri partners to use the API to create applications for both external and internal use. The ArcGIS API for iOS is currently in public beta, with final release expected in August 2010.