As was rumoured before the World Tour kicked off yesterday, the previous FPC/Xcode infrastructure based iOS support has been removed in XE3 and nothing (yet) replaces it.
I take no pleasure from being able to say “I told you so” to everyone who told me I was jumping the gun by commenting on things that had not been officially confirmed or announced.
Beyond [sic] this however, there are some things in the “XE3 And Beyond” blog post that might be interesting, if they ever come to fruition. My biggest problem with this post is that there is nothing in it that could not have been made known weeks or months ago, and imho should have been.
It is, in essence, the “updated roadmap” that was promised almost a year ago and which never arrived (until, in effect, now).
In particular, this observation intrigued me:
Our next generation mobile solutions are still in development and will be the first and only native development solution for both iOS and Android that share a common codebase (common with XE3 desktop projects as well)
First of all, these are products “still in development“, yet there is also confidence that when released they will be the “first and only” product of it’s type. This intrigues me for reasons I cannot go into.
Suffice to say, if Embarcadero really are first to market with this approach then I have a hunch I know what they are working on.
Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say: “who they are working with”. 🙂