Apple: IPad users who use the split view multitasking feature know that it is not possible to leave the camera on during a video call while using the tool. But it looks like Zoom users can. That is because Apple would have provided a unique API for the app to improve its service. The information was revealed by developer Jeremy Provost, who develops applications for Apple platforms, on the Think Tap Work blog.
The preferential treatment gave Zoom access to an iPadOS API that enabled split screen display. In addition to video calling software, Uber also took advantage of it Apples tools. According to Provost, the mobility company got an API to help develop Apple Check out support in 2015.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith explained on his Twitter, “Zoom has an undocumented private right to allow him to record his split-screen camera on the iPad, a feature that other applications use, such as Cisco WebEx, which Apple uses itself, doesn’t have ”.
Privilege or means?
In response to the developer, Zoom explained that the benefit is provided by Apple by means of so-called claims (“rights”). This gives developers access to private features of Apple appliances. On the official website, Apple explains:
“A right (right) is a privilege that confers specific means to perform certain capacities. For example, an application needs the right to HomeKit – along with the user’s express consent – to access the automated network from a user’s home. “
The use of private APIs is allowed and the company makes the rules transparent on its website. However, the tools used by Zoom and Uber are not part of the rights program or mentioned in any way Apple document. For example, large companies would get privileges from the manufacturer and gain more advantage over smaller developers.
Apple has not yet commented on the matter.