If you were watching Apple’s WWDC 2013 Keynote yesterday you may have noticed that “Inter-App Audio” made an appearance on one of the slides highlighting the new features coming to iOS 7. Getting a feeling of Deja Vu? That’s because we first reported a sighting of the term on a similar slide from last years conference. Last year no-one was really sure what it meant and no further details were forthcoming. Inter-App Audio never materialised. This time, however, Apple have provided developers more details. Here’s what we know so far…
“Now your apps can make beautiful music together. With Inter-App Audio, apps can register their audio streams to share with other apps. For example, a series of apps could publish audio streams of instrument tracks while another uses the combination of these streams to compose a song. Inter-App Audio also provides for MIDI control of audio rendering, remotely launching other registered Inter-App Audio apps and more.”
Could this be Apples answer to ‘plugins’ for iOS, similar to desktop VST and Audio Unit instruments and effects, with DAWs such as Cubasis, Auria or Meteor seamlessly launching instrument apps, and sending and receiving audio and MIDI data without the need for third party apps such as JACK or Audiobus?
If any developers would like to comment with your take on the announcement it would good to hear from you!