App developer Jeremy Provost discovered that Apple has given Zoom access to a private iPad camera API.
With this feature only available on the Zoom app, it gives an advantage to the app among the others, since the user can use the Split View multitasking to access Twitter, a notes app, etc.
As Provost explains in his blog post when he first discovered Zoom could take advantage of the Split View feature, he started to search for the process for other developers being able to do the same.
“We asked Zoom and to our surprise, they gave us the answer, and in the process revealed an apparently private process, available only to those deemed worthy by Apple.“.
While Apple provides public documentation and a process for requesting access to entitlements, for example, Provost discovered that there isn’t a public process for requesting this specific API.
While it’s still unknown why Apple only gave this particular feature for the Zoom app — as the company says it treats every developer the same, on Thursday, App Store VP testified in Epic trial as emails revealed special API access for Hulu and other devs:.
The company had initially given Hulu access to this API to support upgrade and downgrade plan changes before this was natively built-in to the App Store.“.
On the other hand, in the ‘Spring Loaded’ event in April, Apple announced a feature called Center Stage, exclusively available on the M1 iPad Pro, and will let all videoconference apps be able to take advantage of it if their developers choose to.