How does apps like "Heard" get background processing?

Discussion in 'App Store Business, Legal and Marketing' started by MacMan988, Jun 29, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 7, 2012
    Hi, I have heard that Apple has defined a set of app types that can gain continuous background processing capabilities and an app has to fall into one of these categories to perform background long-running background tasks.

    And then I read about this app called "Heard" which records input to microphone continuously while in the background.

    How does these certain apps gets the ability to perform in the background even when they are not falling under any of the categories Apple has mentioned?
  2. macrumors 604

    Jul 29, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    If you read the documentation fine print, the "audio" background modes key also allows recording as well as playing in the background (in specified circumstances).

    A lot of iOS development requires exhaustive reading of the detailed documentation and the SDK headers, not just the summary paragraphs.

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