What a day! Microsoft is taking iOS seriuosly, dead serious. Providing a complete toolkit for iOS with prepackaged code for both iOS and Azure, they are going to make our day a lot easier. We've been into iOS-Azure work for 15 month, and it hasn't been easy.
So what does Microsoft provide? I will let Wade Wenger explain.
This first release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS provides an easy and convenient way of accessing Windows Azure storage from iOS-based applications. As with the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 we will continue to bring additional capabilities to the toolkit, such as push notifications, Access Control Service, and more.You can get the toolkit—and all the source code—on github:Source code & zip: https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-libSample application: https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-samplesDocumentation: https://github.com/microsoft-dpe/watoolkitios-docThe toolkit works in two ways: the toolkit can be used to access Windows Azure storage directly, or alternatively, can go through a proxy service. The proxy service code is the same code as used in the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows Phone 7 and negates the need for the developer to store the Azure storage credentials locally on the device.The release of the Windows Azure Toolkit for iOS is a significant milestone, and reinforces my opinion that Windows Azure is a great place to run services for mobile applications.