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.