Go beyond simple linear animations with fly-to transitions, available in the latest version of our iOS SDK. Take advantage of this fluid animation style through user tracking mode:

// Objective-C
mapView.userTrackingMode = MGLUserTrackingModeFollow
// Swift
mapView.userTrackingMode = .Follow

Orient users in style

Fly-to animations keep your users from losing their bearings when traversing great distances. At zoom level 18, if the map moves a few miles using a standard animation (e.g., using -[MGLMapView setCenterCoordinate:animated:]), your users only see a bunch of streets flashing by.

Using fly-to, the map seamlessly zooms out to show the origin and destination simultaneously, providing important context with minimal developer effort. In the above video, we make the return trip from San Francisco to San José by air using:

// Objective-C
CLLocationCoordinate2D sanJose = CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(37.33598, -121.89062);
MGLMapCamera *originCamera = [MGLMapCamera cameraLookingAtCenterCoordinate:sanJose fromEyeCoordinate:sanJose eyeAltitude:50000];
[mapView flyToCamera:camera completionHandler:^{
    // Optionally catch a connecting flight
// Swift
let sanJose = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 37.33598, longitude: -121.89062)
let camera = MGLMapCamera(lookingAtCenterCoordinate: sanJose, fromEyeCoordinate: sanJose, eyeAltitude: 50000)
mapView.flyToCamera(camera) {
    // Optionally catch a connecting flight

For an advanced example of how to chain together complex camera movements, see this world tour of Mapbox offices.

Keep the destination in sight

Maybe you prefer to drive back to San Francisco from San José — entirely reasonable! With targeted course tracking mode, your destination never leaves the screen. Coupled with a bottom-aligned location and course indicator, your navigation app is going to look great.

Create this polished experience using:

// Objective-C
CLLocationCoordinate2D sanFrancisco = CLLocationCoordinate2DMake(37.7806, -122.42);
mapView.userTrackingMode = MGLUserTrackingModeFollowWithCourse;
mapView.userLocationVerticalAlignment = MGLAnnotationVerticalAlignmentBottom;
[mapView setTargetCoordinate:sanFrancisco animated:YES];
// Swift
let sanFrancisco = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 37.7806, longitude: -122.42)
mapView.userTrackingMode = .FollowWithCourse
mapView.userLocationVerticalAlignment = .Bottom
mapView.setTargetCoordinate(sanFrancisco, animated: true)

Getting started

Head over to our iOS SDK overview page to get started. Be sure to check out our refreshed API documentation while you’re there!