What you need to know
- A new report claims that Apple has given Zoom special access to an API that unlocks Split View multitasking on iPad when using the camera.
- Developer Jeremy Provost made the discovery and says Zoom confirmed it had been given access.
- The report also says the entitlement is not currently publicly available to other developers.
A new report claims that Zoom has been given access to a special camera API that unlocks Split View multitasking on the iPad, a feature not currently available to other developers.
According to Provost, the capability comes through what's known as an entitlement, both public and private tools offered to developers to enable certain features in apps. One example of a private entitlement is CarPlay integration, which developers must apply to Apple for access in order to unlock. Given CarPlay's application, it is only available to audio, automaker, communication, EV charging, navigation, parking, or quick food ordering apps. Whilst the entitlement itself is private, it is referenced and listed publicly by Apple. Apple's developer website lists a Requesting the CarPlay Entitlements article that tells developers how they can ask for access.
Provost claims that the entitlement for Split View and multitasking with the camera on, previously thought to be limited to FaceTime on iPadOS, is called 'iPad Camera Multitasking' but that there is currently no public process for applying for such an entitlement. As 9to5Mac notes it appears Zoom is currently the only meeting app with access to the feature except for Apple's own FaceTime service. Apple has previously confirmed it sometimes tests features and changes with smaller pools of developers before pushing them out to the wider community, as such it could be the case Apple is working to roll out the 'iPad Camera Multitasking' entitlement to more developers down the line, with Zoom serving as a test case.
Provost asked Zoom's developer forum about the issue of Split View on Zoom and the video camera not working:
A member of staff at Zoom told Provost to try the latest version and to enable the aforementioned entitlement, even providing a screenshot showing the 'iPad Camera Multitasking' checkbox. Provost noted:
Zoom responded that this would be a matter for Apple's developer support.
Whilst the exact status of the entitlement and access is unclear, that didn't stop Provost passing judgment on Zoom's access to it:
iMore has reached out to both Zoom and Apple for comment.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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