64bit-150x150We are pleased to announce that Xamarin.iOS 8.6, featuring the Unified API, has been released and is available in the stable channel. The entire team has been working hard on this release for over a year to bring you the Unified API with 64-bit support. Please note that Apple announced two important deadlines for when your app must include 64-bit support:

  • February 1st: New iOS app submissions
  • June 1st: All new and existing iOS app submissions or updates

Updated Components and Libraries

We are rolling out updates for official Xamarin Components and NuGet packages with support for the Unified API. If you are a library creator and have not updated your component or NuGet package yet, please do so as soon as possible so that app publishers have time to migrate and test apps before Apple’s February 1st deadline.  Check out Matt Ward’s blog post on how to update your library for the new Unified API.

Get Started Today

You can begin migrating your apps today by using our built in migration assistant for both Xamarin Studio and Visual Studio. If you need more guidance on migrating your app to the Unified API, make sure to read through our full guide on our documentation site, or check out this Xamarin University Lightning Lecture.

Live Webinar Recording

If you’d like to see migration in action, we have the recording of Xamarin Evangelist Mike James’ webinar “Migrating Apps to the Unified API and 64-Bit” here, including an extended Q&A.