Alpha Preview: Cycle 6 Service Release 1

UPDATE – Support for Apple iOS 9.2 / Xcode 7.2 has now been added to the Alpha channel builds. Please update your Xamarin.iOS (and if necessary Xamarin.VS) to the latest Alpha channel builds get this support. 

We are releasing an Alpha preview of our next Service Release to Cycle 6. This is a much bigger service release, and should address a vast majority of the issues we’ve seen reported by the community after the release of Cycle 6. The issues noted below as addressed are not the only ones fixed with this release, so make sure to check out the product release notes to see all the fixes provided with this preview. All fixes included in Service Release 0 are included in this preview, so you should not experience any regression with previous fixes such as Xamarin.VS hanging.

Please use the below forum threads to report and monitor issues that may occur, and find any potential workarounds that may exist.

Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.VS/WatchOS] – WatchKit template sometimes causing failures with Xamarin.VS builds of Watch Apps.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – If the text of the .csproj file does not explicitly include the “IpaIncludeArtwork” property, then the “iOS IPA -> Include Artwork in IPA” property panel will incorrectly show the value as True, when in fact it is False.
    • Workaround: un-check the checkbox and save the project properties, then re-check the checkbox and again save the properties.
  • [Xamarin.VS (36117)] – Certain distribution identities and provisioning profiles do not appear in the iOS project settings. See the bug for possible workarounds.
  • [Xamarin Studio (35977)] – Certain characters (including Japanese and Chinese characters) cannot be typed into the text editor.
  • [Xamarin Studio (34250)] – After certain project operations, all of the menu items in Xamarin Studio will become “disabled” (grey text).
  • [Xamarin.Mac (35851)] – F# projects fail to build due to “The referenced or default base CLI library ‘mscorlib’ is binary-incompatible with the referenced F# core library”.
    • Workaround: Use this build for now. The next full set of Alpha updates should contain this fix.

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Xamarin 4, Cycle 6 – Service Release 1
    • Key Issues Addressed:
      • Fixed the “iOS IPA -> Include Artwork in IPA” checkbox in the project properties so that it correctly saves changes to the value. (Note that one of the remaining known issues is also related to this checkbox. That issue will be fixed in a future build of this service release.)
      • Added a candidate fix for an issue where breakpoints in class libraries were not being resolved (non-public Bug 35691).

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – December 8th, 2015

Alpha (w/ iOS 9.2 & Xcode 7.2 support) – This release!

Beta – Early January 2016

Stable – Mid-Late January 2016