ReplayKit Screen Recording In iOS 9

11 June 2015

9to5Mac:

With ReplayKit, developers will be able to offer users the ability to screen record gameplay or other apps automatically or manually with a single tap. Users will then be able to share recorded content through an iOS share sheet directly to social networks and video sharing sites. Apple pauses all incoming notifications and anything that might ruin the gameplay video experience, and only users will have access to the recorded videos.

It’s cool technology. The lacklustre part of this jigsaw is the sharing element. Apple’s answer to this problem is to present the system share sheet and delegate all responsibility to third-parties. This feels like a cop out. Apple should integrate this feature with Game Center so users could upload their clips to Apple’s servers and friends could visit Game Center profiles and watch the highlights. The videos would ideally be tagged with the app they originate from, helping with marketing.