I know that there has been a lot of debate since Monday and the WWDC keynote about whether or not Apple’s ‘inter-app audio’ will actually do what AudioBus set out to do. Of course, if it does then the assumption that Apple has effectively killed off AudioBus even before it get’s released would seem reasonable.
But is that really the whole story? Well, not entirely. For a start, as ‘inter-app audio’ will only come in with iOS6 then ‘inter-app audio’ will only apply to the iPad 2 and 3, and 3GS / 4 / 4S. Having said that, there’s no actual evidence that this ‘inter-app audio’ will apply to all those devices.
What’s important to note though is that the iPad 1 is not in scope for iOS6 and neither are the iPod Touch ranges prior to the 4th gen devices. So there will be lots of users who will need a different solution to audio routing, and there’s where AudioBus could step in and fill a potentially large gap.
Of course, over and above that there’s also the possibility that the functionality that AudioBus plans to deploy will be complimentary to Apple’s routing solution and so there won’t be a conflict anyway. Who can tell!
What’s for sure is that it’s early days for whatever Apple’s solution is and also for AudioBus too. The next few weeks and months will uncover what’s really going to be possible, so, we wait and see.