The announcement of iOS 6 with inter-app audio stands to make the iPad and iPhone an even more appealing musical tool
The announcement of iOS 6 for Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch was hotly anticipated to say the least. As with all Apple announcements, it was preceded by an inordinate amount of speculation before hand, and even more dissection afterwards. So, aside from the changes to maps, and Siri, Facetime (yawn…), what does this mean for the musician? Well, as it happens, possibly quite a lot…
Sharing audio between applications
Whilst the majority of the presentation focused on the biggest new features, likely to appeal to the widest audience, several very astute viewers spotted a detail on a presentation slide that may have been overlooked by many. In the smallest type, on the slide relating to the iOS developer kit were the words ‘Inter App Audio’.
Currently, if you want to use multiple audio applications on an iOS device, you have to export tracks as audio from one app, and import them into another, or use copy and paste to transfer data between apps. Inter-app audio seems to suggest that audio can be streamed from one app to another seamlessly.
Freeing the iPad from the constraints of having to run audio apps independently takes the device a step away from being a ‘surprisingly powerful audio/ musical sketchpad’ and towards being a very capable professional platform. With audio interfaces that are compatible being released regularly, alongside units specifically for the iPad (such as the Alesis IO Dock, and Line 6 mobile keys keyboards), the future looks very rosy indeed.
Full details of this feature are currently unavailable, though the name of the feature does seem to give the game away somewhat… Stay posted for updates.
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