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Apple and SAP Partner to Revolutionize Work on iPhone® & iPad®

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The SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS enables companies and developers to quickly develop their own native apps, built with Swift, Apple’s modern programming language. These native apps for iPhone and iPad can take advantage of all the innovative iOS technologies.

The SAP Fiori for iOS design language is based on SAP Fiori UX adapted for iOS. This will include reusable design components and building blocks to accelerate the development of consistent, beautiful UI design across applications and throughout the lifecycle of each application, ensuring that app adoption and user experience is intuitive, consistent and seamless.

To complement these, Apple and SAP have jointly developed an SAP Academy for iOS to inform and educate our combined ecosystem, sharing technical expertise and design skills for native iOS app development for millions of developers, customers, SI partners and ISV partners.

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Learn more by registering for the openSAP course, SAP Fiori for iOS - An Introduction

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Start learning about developing for iOS by following the links below

Learn more about building powerful, native apps on iOS. Apple provides all the developer tools, resources, and programs to get started. Use the resources below to learn more about Swift, iOS, and the Apple Developer Enterprise Program.

Learn more about Swift, Apple’s modern and powerful programming language for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS: https://developer.apple.com/swift/

Get started with Apple enterprise developer resources: https://developer.apple.com/enterprise

Enroll in the Apple Developer Enterprise Program: https://developer.apple.com/programs/enterprise/

View resources on building and designing great iOS apps: https://developer.apple.com/videos/

Check out Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, which this year will take place on June 5-9, in San Jose, CA:  https://developer.apple.com/wwdc/

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Start learning about developing on iOS apps by following the links below. These initial tutorials set a baseline for you to get familiar with the basics of Xcode and Swift and will be updated as the SDK becomes available.

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SAP is planning to create an SDK for native iOS app development. It will be supplied as an Apple iOS Framework built with Swift, to enable developers to build, extend and run a new class of native iOS mobile apps, all powered by the SAP Cloud Platform. 

The new SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS will enable a vast community of designers, developers, partners and customers to more quickly build their own enterprise-class mobile apps with an intuitive, consumer-grade user experience, leveraging the Fiori for iOS design language. The goal is to accelerate development, easily reuse existing capabilities, and quickly tie in services of SAP’s and Apple’s respective platforms and devices.

1. What is the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS?

The SDK is a collection of Apple iOS Frameworks built with Swift, to enable developers to build, extend and run a new class of native iOS enterprise mobile apps, all powered by the SAP Cloud Platform and its services.

 

2. What will be included in the SDK?

The SDK will include several key building blocks, including UI elements for the new Fiori for iOS design language like reusable controls, UI patterns, templates, access to backend services, easier access to iOS capabilities and device services, etc. The SAP Fiori Design Guidelines can be found here: https://experience.sap.com/fiori-design-ios/.

 

3. What are the key use cases for the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS?

Main use cases for developers is to create innovative mobile apps for S/4HANA, SAP on-premise extensions, SAP Cloud Platform Line of Business (LoB) extensions and building custom SAP Cloud Platform apps for iOS.

 

4. How does the new SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS differ from the current mobile SDK for iOS?

The new SDK will be created completely new in Apple’s modern Swift language and provides a very modular set of Frameworks that allow developers to pick and choose required functionality. It also includes UI components that support developers building enterprise apps for iOS.  The SDK will enable connection to newly designed mobile services on SAP Cloud Platform. 

 

5. How does the SDK support developers to apply the new SAP Fiori design guidelines for iOS?

The SDK includes UI components that comply with the SAP Fiori for iOS design language. Using these components when building an app makes it easy for developers to build native apps for iOS.

 

6. Is SAP Cloud Platform required to develop with the SDK? 

The SDK leverages the SAP Cloud Platform services to support developers integrating and managing the mobile apps for iOS. To make the most out of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK, you need an underlying SAP Cloud Platform account. SAP Cloud Platform is an open platform that allows connecting to any SAP or non-SAP system, e.g. you can connect securely to on-premise SAP Business Suite resources via the HANA Cloud Connector.

 

7. What is the timeline for the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS release to developers?

The current release date of the SDK is  March 30, 2017. 

 

8. Will the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS be available as a free download for development & testing?

The SDK will be made available through the standard SAP software delivery channels. We intend to provide a trial offering to try out the SDK in combination with the SAP Cloud Platform trial landscape.

 

9. Will the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS support complete flexibility for native apps?

The SDK will support the entire feature set that is expected from an Enterprise Mobile App. For example Authentication & Authorization, Secure Storage, Backend Connectivity Configuration and integration with iOS specific features.

 

10. What about SAP support for Android and Microsoft?

We will continue to support other mobile platform providers, including Google and Microsoft. The partnership with Apple is focused to drive new, innovative and exciting enterprise apps for iOS but will continue to give our customers choices.

 

11. What will happen to the Hybrid App Toolkit, Kapsel & Cordova?

These are not affected by the release of the SAP Cloud Platform SDK for iOS.

 

12. When will the SAP Academy for iOS be available?

More information on the SAP Academy for iOS can be found at https://training.sap.com/shop/learning/journey/sap-fiori-for-ios---mobile-developer

 

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