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The two demo apps currently being distributed, FieldService and EmployeeDirectory, don't have iOS projects in their *.VisualStudio.sln files. Those are needed to compile and run Visual Studio. The workaround is to maually add the iOS projects from *.Xamarin.sln files. You'll need to set the iOS app as the StartUp project.
This was a conscious decision to try and avoid confusion and 'project type not supported' messages.
Unless you have a Mac handy, iOS projects can't be used in Visual Studio. We thought more people would be inconvenienced by including the iOS reference; and those who needed it could add it (as you described).
We will review this decision in light of your comments.
Minimally, include a README in every solution file and include ios project but in an unloaded state. Otherwise it's pretty darn confusing.
You're absolutely right - README advice is a minimum. I've added something for now, so at least we explain what is available.
Thanks for the feedback.