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Apple Gives Special Access to Video Calling platform Zoom

Zoom lets users multi-task on the Apple iPad, which users cannot do with other video calling apps on the platform. Zoom has been given access to a special iPadOS API. App developer Jeremy Provost has said that the video calling app has gained special permission from Apple to use the iPad’s camera during Split View multitasking.

This was first brought to attention by app developer Jeremy Provost in a blog post, explains that in contrast to other apps, Zoom uses a special Application Programming Interface that allows the app to continue using and accessing the ‌iPad‌ camera while the app is being used in Split View mode. Zoom can do this thanks to an entitlement, which gives the company to use a multitasking-friendly programming interface that is off-limits outside of FaceTime.

The app developer also added that Apple documents the ability for developers to apply for several different entitlements, such as ones related to CarPlay, HomeKit, and more. The special API that Zoom has been given is not offered to other developers by Apple, nor is its existence is known by the company. On the Zoom Developer Forum, a staff member for the video conferencing platform had confirmed that Zoom has access to the com.apple.developer.avfoundation.multitasking-camera-access,” or ‌iPad‌ Camera Multitasking entitlement.

Zoom app has become a major asset of pandemic life and was one of the most popular apps of 2020. It has become the default app for video-calling for many users, which could explain why Apple has given it this special access. Still other video-conferencing apps like Google Meet, Microsoft Teams don’t appear to have the same support on iPad.

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