Objective-c – Quickly adding single pin to MKMapView


I have a GPS coordinate (latitude, longitude) and I quickly want to place a single pin on a MKMapView showing that position. Everything works just fine, but as I only need a single pin with no callout is there a quicker way to do this or is what I have below what needs to be done?

- (MKAnnotationView *)mapView:(MKMapView *)mapView viewForAnnotation:(id < MKAnnotation >)annotation {
    MKPinAnnotationView *pinView = [[MKPinAnnotationView alloc] initWithAnnotation:annotation reuseIdentifier:@"DETAILPIN_ID"];
    [pinView setAnimatesDrop:YES];
    [pinView setCanShowCallout:NO];
    return pinView;

NB: I don't need to check for reusable annotation views as I am only using the pin to show a position in a detail view (which is destroyed and recreated the next time a detail view is requested).

Best Solution

Instead of using the -mapView:viewForAnnotation: method, just put the code for an MKPointAnnotation into your -viewDidLoad method. It won't animate the drop, but it is very easy.

// Place a single pin
MKPointAnnotation *annotation = [[MKPointAnnotation alloc] init];
[annotation setCoordinate:centerCoordinate];
[annotation setTitle:@"Title"]; //You can set the subtitle too
[self.mapView addAnnotation:annotation];

Swift version:

let annotation = MKPointAnnotation()
let centerCoordinate = CLLocationCoordinate2D(latitude: 41, longitude:29)
annotation.coordinate = centerCoordinate
annotation.title = "Title"