In Chapter 7, “Core Location,” we saw how Core Location provides access to various positioning technologies. Complementary to Core Location is the MapKit framework, which allows you to display location data on rich, interactive maps. This chapter discusses the basic concepts of MapKit as well as some of the new capabilities added in iOS4.
The MapKit framework, located in the
MonoTouch.MapKit namespace, provides mapping capability to your applications. MapKit abstracts Google Maps technology to deliver this functionality. To get started with MapKit is simple. In fact, the most basic usage doesn’t even require any code. Let’s get started with a simple example showing how to include a map in your application.