There’s a secret feature on Zoom app, you might not know until today.
On Saturday, May 8, 9to5Mac reported a surprising collaboration with teleconferencing app, Zoom, and tech giant, Apple. Turns out, if you’re using an iPad while taking to someone on Zoom, you can use the iPad Split View multitasking feature, without a hassle. Here’s how it happened.
Secret Zoom feature you should know
As the pandemic strikes, many people all over the world forced to stay at home and work inside their own houses. It might be a problem for some people, but Zoom app took most of the advantages from this scenario. Now, if you’re one of those workers using Zoom for conferences and office meetings, here’s a ‘secret’ feature you might like to try out: iPad users can now access the Split View feature, exclusively on Zoom.
The first man who discovered this feature was the app developer Jeremy Provost. According to his blog post, he was surprised to find out that Zoom has an exclusive feature from Apple that only limited people knew about. This feature allows the app users to get in a meeting while multitasking such as checking social media pages, watching movies, etc. All thanks to iPad’s Split View feature.
Apple’s ‘unfair’ treatment to developers
Since the Zoom feature was unpredictable fact to other developers, Provost took one for the team and directly asked Zoom on it happened. To his surprise, the app immediately answered back by saying that there is a process to have exclusive features from Apple but can only be “revealed in an apparently private process, available only to those deemed worthy by Apple.“
The blog writes:
“For example, an app needs the
HomeKit Entitlement— along with explicit user consent — to access a user’s home automation network. An app stores its entitlements as key-value pairs embedded in the code signature of its binary executable.“
“As we’ve been informed, it is called com.apple.developer.avfoundation.multitasking-camera-access. Unfortunately, unlike with CarPlay there is no public process for requesting this entitlement. In fact, its existence is not even documented by Apple publicly. Go ahead and Google it, you’ll only turn up the Zoom Developer Forum.“
Not just Zoom
In a more surprising turn of events, Zoom is not the only one with an exclusive Apple feature in its end. In the recent Epic Games vs. Apple trial, the App Store VP said that Apple has a so-called “set of whitelisted developers” wherein few apps have edge to other competitor apps.
“One email shows there was an internal question about why Hulu was able to switch between App Store billing and Hulu billing. As it turns out, Hulu is part of a “set of whitelisted developers” with access to the subscription cancel/refund API. 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.“
Apple has not yet further explained the circumstances behind what appears to be ‘unfair’ treatment amongst app developers.