Zoom, an iconic platform used by millions of people during the global health crisis, had access to a special iPadOS API that allows the app to use the iPad camera while the app is used in split multitasking. View.
This special handling case was first reported by app developer Jeremy Provost, who in a blog post explains that Zoom uses a special API that allows the app to continue to use and access. to the iPad camera while the app is used in Split. Display mode.
Zoom can do this with a “right,” which gives developers the ability to run a particular capability with an API. As Provost notes, Apple is publicly documenting the possibility for developers to apply for several different rights, such as those related to CarPlay, HomeKit, etc. However, the special API that was given to Zoom is not offered to other developers by Apple, nor is its existence recognized by the company itself.
On the Zoom Developer Forum, a member of the video conferencing platform staff confirmed earlier in February that Zoom had access to the “com.apple.developer.avfoundation.multitasking-camera-access” or iPad Camera Multitasking right.
For obvious reasons, this feature is useful when users want to reference and use a separate application during a video conference call. Without this special API, if a user put a video conferencing app in split view mode, the video call would turn dark because the app cannot multitask the iPad camera.
The new revelation comes at a troubling time for the Cupertino tech giant. The company is currently engaged in a massive legal battle with game developer Epic Games, which accuses it of having unfair and anti-competitive control over the App Store and app distribution to iOS devices.
The trial between the two titans began on May 3 and since then, evidence, including email correspondence between executives and Apple employees, has revealed that Apple previously granted certain developers, such as Hulu, access to APIs inaccessible to other developers. Apple continues to be committed to treating all developers equally and providing a “level playing field” for everyone.
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