Last year, iPadOS finally added support for the Zoom app to be used while multitasking in Split View mode, in iPads across the board.
Even globally popular apps such as Skype and Facebook Messenger don’t seem to have the multitasking camera functionality privilege that only Zoom (and FaceTime, naturally) enjoys. People have noticed and been banging their heads over it for a while now, but it seems we finally have an answer.
Provost had released his own app, “Participant for Zoom,” which runs as a Zoom client and provides a simplified version of Zoom with extra convenience features. Yet Provost was surprised to find that unlike Zoom—which his app runs as a modded version—the camera failed to work while in Split View.
Provost made some inquiries, and eventually found out that the Split View camera functionality was apparently one of Apple’s private “entitlements” which Apple only grants to apps it deems worthy. So far, we only know of Zoom and FaceTime as boasting that feature.
The odd thing is, while most so-called entitlements are publicly documented and open for developers to apply for (such as CarPlay integration, for example), acquiring this particular camera functionality is quite a secretive process, lacking any public documentation. It seems Apple doesn’t even want to let developers in on the fact that it exists, unless the company so chooses.
So, why is Zoom getting this ultra-special treatment? Why does it get to use the camera in Split View mode while all other developers—even at Facebook—are left in the dark?
We still don’t know, and Provost has contacted Apple’s developers with a request to use this elusive “iPad camera multitasking” API (the information for which he received from Zoom representatives). As far as we know, he is still awaiting an answer from them.