Using the iAd Service

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Advertising services enable you to display ads in your applications to gain some income. iAd is the advertising service of Apple for iOS. This topic describes how to place ads from iAd in your applications using FireMonkey.

Note: Read iOS Mobile Application Development before you continue. The following information complements the main documentation topic about iOS development.

Supported Devices

FireMonkey supports iAd on any supported iOS device.


Before you can use the iAd service, in addition to preparing your development environment:

Configuring Your Application for iAd in iTunes Connect

  1. To use and test the iAd service in your application, you must first create an entry for your application in iTunes Connect.
  2. After you have an entry for your application, open the Manage Your Apps module of iTunes Connect and open the App Summary page of your application.
  3. Click Set Up iAd Network on the right-hand side of the App Summary page.
  4. Then click Enable iAds and click Save.

Adding iAd Support to Your Mobile Apps

Here is the general procedure for adding iAd ads to your multi-device applications on iOS:

  1. Add an instance of the TBannerAd component to your application.
  2. Configure TBannerAd to load an ad from iAd.
  3. Handle how your user interacts with this ad.

Loading an Ad

To display an ad from your advertising service in your application, load an ad from your service.

Loading an Ad from Your Advertising Service

To load an ad from your advertising service, call LoadAd. The LoadAd procedure is asynchronous, and when it finishes, it triggers one of the following events:

  • OnDidFail is triggered if there is an error. OnDidFail provides a parameter, Error, that provides detailed information about the error that prevented the banner from loading an ad.
  • OnDidLoad is triggered if the request is successful.

You usually want to call LoadAd from a form event such as OnShow, to load an ad as soon as the form is displayed.

Handling User Interaction with Ads

When your user taps an ad, this triggers an action. This action typically consists of a full-screen version of the ad, or of opening a URL on a Web browser.

Between your user tapping the ad and the triggered action, TBannerAd triggers its OnActionCanBegin event. Handle this event to decide whether or not you want to let the action happen.

You might also want to use your handler for the OnActionCanBegin event to pause some running features of your applications, to avoid wasting processing during the ad action. Then you can define an event handler for the OnActionDidFinish event where you resume these features of your application.

Canceling an Ad Action at Any Time

When your user taps an ad, this triggers an action. This action typically consists either of a full-screen version of the ad, or of opening a URL on a Web browser. See Handling User Interaction with Ads.

At any point, if your application requires your user attention, you can check if there is an ad action in progress, and you can stop this action:


if MyBannerAd.IsActionInProgress then


if (MyBannerAd->IsActionInProgress())
Note: Canceling ad actions affects your revenue from advertisement. For more information, see the Apple documentation.

Testing Your iAds

The iAd service automatically displays test or real ads depending on how you built your application:

Troubleshooting Loading an Ad from iAd

The following table lists some problems that prevent your application from showing an ad, and potential solutions:

Cause Description Recommendation

Network error

No network connectivity to the ad server

Verify your Wi-Fi or data connection

Internal server error

An invalid response was received from the ad server


Lack of ad inventory

No ads are currently available to download from the ad server


Wrong application configuration

Ad service configuration parameters of your application are wrong

Configure your application for iAd in iTunes Connect

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