Alpha Release: Cycle 6

We are releasing a preview of a future stable release, dubbed Cycle 6 to the Alpha channel. This series of builds will be the next major feature release of the Xamarin Platform when these builds release to Stable later this year. We wanted to release these build to a wider audience for consumption via the Alpha channel. If you are looking for the iOS 9 preview, you can find that here.

As this is the first Alpha release of a major feature update, there are bound to be bugs. Please make sure to use the forums below to read up on issues as they are found, and see if any workarounds exist. Additionally, please note that this first release does not have a compatible Xamarin.VS build, thus there will be a temporary break between Xamarin.VS and Xamarin.iOS if you are on the Alpha channel. We are working to fix a blocking issue with the Xamairn.VS product, and should be doing an updated Alpha build for that very soon.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Xamarin Studio Windows build is not available with this release. This will be provided during the next Cycle 6 Alpha update.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – Xamarin.VS will be incompatible with Xamarin.iOS 8.13.0 for the time being. We will be putting out an updated VS to the Alpha channel soon which will restore compatibility.

Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – Today!

Beta – September / October 2015

Stable – Fall 2015

IDE Hotfix to support Android SDK Tools 24.3.4

We have pushed a new version of Xamarin Studio and our Visual Studio extensions to all channels to address an Android Designer issue that occurs with the new Android SDK Tools 24.3.4.

We have identified other issues caused by Monday’s Android update that interfere with our XAP support, and are continuing to investigate.


Known Issues

    • [Xamarin Studio] – In XS, Xamarin Android Player devices are listed by IP address instead of device name.
    • [Xamarin.VS] – In VS, Xamarin Android Player devices show only as unsupported devices.

Products Released To Stable

Stable Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 3

The previously released Cycle 5 – Service Release 3 builds from the Beta channel have finished their testing runs and are now ready for release to the Stable channel. There have not been any additional fixes added since the updated Beta release last week.

Please check the product release notes for a full list of fixes to each product included in this release.


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – July 17th, 2015.

Alpha 2 – July 23rd, 2015.

Beta – Aug 4th, 2015.

Stable – Today!

Preview: iOS 9/Xcode 7 Support – 4th Preview (Mac Only)

We are releasing our fourth preview with support for Apple’s iOS9 SDK. This new builds now support Xcode 7 Beta 5 (only on Mac). We will be addressing the known issues as soon as we can, and hope to publish a build later this week that both addresses them and adds Xamarin.VS support.

There is no target Stable date for iOS 9 support at this time, as we have to wait until Apple finalizes and publishes their support before we can release ours. That being said, we will be doing many additional iOS 9 preview releases between now and the final Apple release, so be sure to check back and see if newer versions become available in the coming months.

As with all our preview releases, this is not a product we officially support. If you encounter any issues, we recommend filing a bug in Bugzilla.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.iOS] – F# Single View template crashes on launch
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Cross-platform apps crash on simulator
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – WatchOS 2.0 is not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – New Xcode 7 features are not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – OSX 10.11 is not supported in these builds.

Products Released

 

UPDATED – Beta Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 3

** UPDATE – The Xamairn.iOS build now also includes a fix for Watch Apps being rejected during app submission. **

We are releasing an updated preview of our next upcoming stable release, dubbed Cycle 5 – Service Release 3, to the Beta channel. These builds contain additional patches that were not included in the previous alphas.

This Beta release is almost ready for Stable, however we are waiting on a fix for one remaining issue, noted below. If you are encountering this issue and need to submit a Watch App immediately, we provided a download only build of Xamarin.iOS last week, based off our current Stable build to address this issue. This will be fixed for Cycle 5 Service Release 3 when it goes to Stable. 


Products Released


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – July 17th, 2015.

Alpha 2 – July 23rd, 2015.

Beta – Today!

Stable – Early August

UPDATED – Xamarin.iOS Hotfix for Watch App Submission Technical Bulletin

** UPDATE – This build now also includes a fix for HTTPClient Authentication not working correctly. The additional should also be included in Cycle 5 Service Release 3 when it goes to Stable. **

We are aware of an issue hitting iOS developers right now that we are addressing, but won’t officially be released until Cycle 5 Service Release 3 goes to Stable (likely early August). However, for those of you who need to submit Watch Apps right now and are blocked, there is a workaround that can be used, or you can try out the updated hotfix build below, which is based off the current Stable (but has not been tested by our internal QA).

Rather than delay Service Release 3 to test this specific build, we’re simply providing it for download as a temporary measure. We will be including this same patch in our Service Release 3 build as well, where QA will be testing it as part of the standard process before releasing to Stable.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin.VS] – The above mentioned workaround for Watch App submission will not work for VS, so the below build must be used to successfully submit to the App Store. 

Products Released

  • Xamarin.iOS 8.10.3.8 [Download
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 30958 – Fixes an issue with incorrect Watch App Info.plist UIDeviceFamily array preventing Watch App submission. 
      • 30869 – Fixed an issue with HTTPClient Authentication not working correctly.

Preview: Xamarin Profiler 0.19

Xamarin Profiler preview 0.19 is now available for download! There have been a number of fixes since our previous preview, which have been noted below.

Please note that the Mac app bundle has been renamed (from XamarinProfiler.Mac.app to “Xamarin Profiler.app”), so the old version needs to be removed before installing this new update, so that Xamarin Studio prompts the user for the new location.


Issues Addressed

  • 31927 – Fixed an issue where the Windows Profiler would sometimes crash when selecting the mlpd-v10 file.
  • 31624 – Fixed an issue where the Mac Profiler would sometimes crash on restart.
  • 32233 – Fixed an issue with the Windows Profiler where the Display tab was not correctly disabled when drilling down the Call Tree data.

Products Released


As with all our preview releases, this is not a product we officially support. If you encounter any issues, we recommend filing a bug in Bugzilla. You can also jump into the discussions on the forum thread posted below.

Preview: iOS 9/Xcode 7 Support – 3rd Preview

We are releasing our third preview with support for Apple’s iOS9 SDK. Even though we already released a preview earlier this week, these new builds now supports Xcode 7 Beta 4, and we wanted to get them out as fast as possible so that everyone could work with the latest Apple release.

There is no target Stable date for iOS 9 support at this time, as we have to wait until Apple finalizes and publishes their support before we can release ours. That being said, we will be doing many additional iOS 9 preview releases between now and the final Apple release, so be sure to check back and see if newer versions become available in the coming months.

As with all our preview releases, this is not a product we officially support. If you encounter any issues, we recommend filing a bug in Bugzilla.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – WatchOS 2.0 is not supported in these builds (WatchKit is supported, as it has been since Xamarin.iOS 8.9)
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – New Xcode 7 features are not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – OSX 10.11 is not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio] – .ipa file samples from application loader will not always upload successfully.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – WatchKit apps will not build successfully from Xamarin.VS

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.11.970 [Download]

 

2nd Alpha Release: Cycle 5 – Service Release 3

We are releasing an updated preview of our next upcoming stable release, dubbed Cycle 5 – Service Release 3, to the Alpha channel. These builds contain additional patches that were not included in the previous alpha.

As this is an Alpha preview, there are still some known issues to be aware of. These are regressions not against the current stable, but against the previous Alpha release. We’re looking to have these fixed in an upcoming preview, but felt they were not severe enough to hold back an Alpha containing fixes people may be waiting on.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin Studio] – Support for projects created with VS 2015 is not included in this build.
  • [Xamarin.iOS] – Xamarin.Forms iOS applications may crash when launching to simulator in release mode.
  • [Xamarin.Android] – API-22 binding is not complete in this build.

Products Released

  • Xamarin.iOS 8.10.4.27
    • Release Notes
    • Forum Thread – Alpha Release: Xamarin.iOS 8.10.4, Cycle 5 – Service Release 3
    • Issues Addressed
      • 26699 – Fixed an issue with AOT assemblies not working correctly with CocosSharp projects .
      • 31846 – Fixed errors caused by casting nfloat to float when using the AOT compiler option –aot-options=-O=float3.
      • 29615 – Fixed an issue with the linker for XML files when using no LLVM.
      • 31582 – Fixed a failure occurring for some operations on ARM7.
  • Mono Framework MDK 4.0.3.19
    • Release Notes
    • Issues Addressed:
      • 30043 – Fixed an exception caused by calling Dispose on FileSystemWatcher.
      • 26205 – Fixed a null reference for some NuGet packages with PCLs generated on Windows.
      • 30929 – Fixed issue with files missing from source distribution.

Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha – July 17th, 2015.

Alpha 2 – July 23rd, 2015.

Beta – Late July

Stable – End of July / Early August

Preview: iOS 9/Xcode 7 Support – 2nd Preview

** UPDATE – A newer Xamarin Studio build has been uploaded as part of this preview to address an issue with Interface.Storyboard rendering issues with the iOS Designer. **

We are releasing our second preview with support for Apple’s iOS9 SDK that works with Xcode 7 Beta 3.  We are aware that Xcode 7 Beta 4 also became available today from Apple. We are digging into it now and hope to have our Beta 4 support either later this week or early next week. In the interim, we still wanted to release our Beta 3 support, as it provides working support for Xamarin.VS, which was not included in our first preview.

There is no target Stable date for iOS 9 support at this time, as we have to wait until Apple finalizes and publishes their support before we can release ours. That being said, we will be doing many additional iOS 9 preview releases between now and the final Apple release, so be sure to check back and see if newer versions become available in the coming months.

As with all our preview releases, this is not a product we officially support. If you encounter any issues, we recommend filing a bug in Bugzilla.


Known Issues 

  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – WatchOS 2.0 is not supported in these builds (WatchKit is supported, as it has been since Xamarin.iOS 8.9)
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – New Xcode 7 features are not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio / Xamarin.iOS] – OSX 10.11 is not supported in these builds.
  • [Xamarin Studio] –  .ipa file samples from application loader will not always upload successfully.
  • [Xamarin.VS] – WatchKit apps will not build successfully from Xamarin.VS

Products Released

  • Xamarin for Visual Studio 3.11.753 [Download]