Chapter 14
Working with Maps

The longer it takes to develop, the less likely it is to launch.

-Jason Fried, Basecamp

The MapKit framework offers developers a range of APIs to incorporate map-related functionalities within their apps. These functionalities include displaying maps, navigating through maps, adding annotations for specific locations, and incorporating overlays on existing maps. With this framework, you can easily embed a fully functional map interface into your app without the need for extensive coding.

For SwiftUI, it provides a native Map view that allows developers to seamlessly embed a map interface. Additionally, you have the option to display annotations using built-in annotation views such as MapMarker.

In this chapter, we will add a map feature to the FoodPin app. The app will showcase a small map view on the detail screen. When a user taps on the map view, the app will present a full-screen map, allowing users to explore location details. Throughout this chapter, you will gain insights into various aspects of the MapKit framework, including:

  • How to embed a map in a view
  • How to translate an address into coordinates using Geocoder
  • How to add a pin (i.e. annotation) on map

Cool, right? It's gonna be fun. Let's get started.

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