Developing iOS Apps with a Cloud Back End
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Are you building iOS apps and need to build up a back end to store some data? Also interested in push notifications using the Apple Push Notifcation Service (APNS)? Then this should strike you as super cool news – the already awesome Windows Azure Mobile Services has been updated (again – it’s really growing fast) to provide full support for iOS.
WAMS already had an iOS SDK, but it was more limited initially. You could take advantage of the great data services (via the OData endpoints), but it didn’t originally support Push Notifications. Well, now it does. Push notifications for iOS now work very similarly to push notifications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8, except they use the Apple Push Notifications Service (APNS) instead of the Windows Push Notification Service.
Ready to get started and get a serious cloud back end for your iOS applications? Read the docs about configuring push notifications for your iOS applications here: https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/mobile/tutorials/get-started-with-push-ios/
Don’t forget – you can try the whole Azure stack for free with a 90 day trial by going to http://aka.ms/Azure90DayTrial . Even after the trial is done, you can have up to ten (10!) Windows Azure Mobile Services for free. Just convert your trial to a “pay as you go” account, and you’re up and running. If you end up using the data services in WAMS, then you’ll need to pay a tiny bit for the underlying Windows Azure SQL Database (currently just $5 per month for the first 100 MB, see below for more details) but it’s still an unbelievable bargain for the service you get.
You can get more details at ScottGu’s blog here: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2012/12/04/ios-support-with-windows-azure-mobile-services-now-with-push-notifications.aspx.