Pocketnow is reporting that Apple has developed a new API specifically to be used by the Zoom iPadOS application that will allow app users to use the split screen mode offered by the popular video conferencing Platform. Previously the application was unable to offer this feature on the iPad due to technical issues that turned off the devices camera when multitasking.
An app developer named Jeremy Provost first highlighted the API in a recent blog post. The article notes that Zoom gained access to this special functionality through an “entitlement” worked out between the two companies. Apple documents a variety of special entitlements that developers can apply for but, as noted by Provost, this sort of privilege is not currently available to other developers.
Through the shift toward work from home and at home schooling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic Zoom has become an indispensable part of many people’s work and educational lives. In light of this it is understandable that Apple felt the need to ensure a quality experience on the application for its many users. Competing application developers however, may not be as excited about the special treatment inside of Apple’s already notoriously high-walled garden.