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iOS 8, OS X Yosemite enable simpler iOS screencapture

updated 02:42 pm EDT, Tue June 3, 2014

Function meant for recording app previews

The combination of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite allows for easier screencapture of iOS devices, according to a new Apple document. In order to support the App Store's future App Previews, Apple has tweaked Yosemite to treat an iOS device as a camera input, meaning that any video recording software can be used to capture onscreen activity. Currently recording is described as "extremely laggy," but it will presumably improve as both iOS 8 and Yosemite get updated betas.

Capturing video is already technically possible with iOS devices, but requires a more complex setup involving AirPlay Mirroring, or an HDMI feed into capture equipment. Being able to record directly to a Mac may make it both cheaper and simpler for developers to produce promotional videos.

by MacNN Staff



  1. reciprocity

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 05-08-08

    This could be really handy. I hope they give the option of recording/ignoring the "spot" that represents taps, swipes, pinches, etc.

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