What's new in .NET MAUI for .NET 9

The focus of .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI) in .NET 9 is to improve product quality. This includes expanding test coverage, end to end scenario testing, and bug fixing. For more information about the product quality improvements in .NET MAUI 9 Preview, see the following release notes:

Important

Due to working with external dependencies, such as Xcode or Android SDK Tools, the .NET MAUI support policy differs from the .NET and .NET Core support policy. For more information, see .NET MAUI support policy.

In .NET 9, .NET MAUI ships as a .NET workload and multiple NuGet packages. The advantage of this approach is that it enables you to easily pin your projects to specific versions, while also enabling you to easily preview unreleased or experimental builds. When you create a new .NET MAUI project the required NuGet packages are automatically added to the project.

Control enhancements

.NET MAUI in .NET 9 also includes control enhancements.

Soft keyboard input support

.NET MAUI 9 Preview 4 adds new soft keyboard input support for Password, Date, and Time. These can be enabled on Editor and Entry controls:

<Entry Keyboard="Date" />

Android

.NET for Android 9 Preview, which uses API 34 and JDK 17, includes work to reduce build times, and to improve the trimability of apps to reduce size and improve performance. For more information about .NET for Android 9 Preview, see the following release notes:

Asset packs

.NET for Android 9 Preview 3 introduces the ability to place assets into a separate package, known as an asset pack. This enables you to upload games and apps that would normally be larger than the basic package size allowed by Google Play. By putting these assets into a separate package you gain the ability to upload a package which is up to 2Gb in size, rather than the basic package size of 200Mb.

Important

Asset packs can only contain assets. In the case of .NET for Android this means items that have the AndroidAsset build action.

.NET MAUI apps define assets via the MauiAsset build action. An asset pack can be specified via the AssetPack attribute:

<MauiAsset
    Include="Resources\Raw\**"
    LogicalName="%(RecursiveDir)%(Filename)%(Extension)"
    AssetPack="myassetpack" />

Note

The additional metadata will be ignored by other platforms.

If you have specific items you want to place in an asset pack you can use the Update attribute to define the AssetPack metadata:

<MauiAsset Update="Resources\Raw\MyLargeAsset.txt" AssetPack="myassetpack" />

Asset packs can have different delivery options, which control when your assets will install on the device:

  • Install time packs are installed at the same time as the app. This pack type can be up to 1Gb in size, but you can only have one of them. This delivery type is specified with InstallTime metadata.
  • Fast follow packs will install at some point shortly after the app has finished installing. The app will be able to start while this type of pack is being installed so you should check it has finished installing before trying to use the assets. This kind of asset pack can be up to 512Mb in size. This delivery type is specified with FastFollow metadata.
  • On demand packs will never be downloaded to the device unless the app specifically requests it. The total size of all your asset packs can't exceed 2Gb, and you can have up to 50 separate asset packs. This delivery type is specified with OnDemand metadata.

In .NET MAUI apps, the delivery type can be specified with the DeliveryType attribute on a MauiAsset:

<MauiAsset Update="Resources\Raw\myvideo.mp4" AssetPack="myassetpack" DeliveryType="FastFollow" />

For more information about Android asset packs, see Android Asset Packs.

Android 15 beta 1 support

.NET for Android Preview 4 .NET bindings for the first beta of Android 15 codenamed "Vanilla Ice Cream". To build for these APIs, update the target framework of your project:

<TargetFramework>net9.0-android35</TargetFramework>

iOS

.NET 9 Preview on iOS, tvOS, Mac Catalyst, and macOS uses Xcode 15.2 for the following platform versions:

  • iOS: 17.2
  • tvOS: 17.2
  • Mac Catalyst: 17.2
  • macOS: 14.2

For more information about .NET 9 Preview on iOS, tvOS, Mac Catalyst, and macOS, see the following release notes:

Bindings

.NET for iOS 9 Preview 3 introduces the ability to multi-target versions of .NET for iOS bindings. For example, a library project may need to build for two distinct iOS versions:

<TargetFrameworks>net9.0-ios17.0;net9.0-ios17.2</TargetFrameworks>

This will produce two libraries, one using iOS 17.0 bindings, and one using iOS 17.2 bindings.

Important

An app project should always target the latest iOS SDK.

Native AOT for iOS & Mac Catalyst

In .NET for iOS 9 Preview 4, native Ahead of Time (AOT) compilation for iOS and Mac Catalyst takes advantage of full trimming to reduce your app's package size and startup performance. This is a publishing feature that you can use when you're ready to ship your app.

Important

Your app and it's dependencies must be fully trimmable in order to utilize this feature.

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