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Apple iOS 8 SDK Gives Developers Access To Faster 3D Graphics, Touch ID And More

TechCrunch

With the launch of iOS 8, Apple today released a number of new developer tools for its mobile operating system. The new iOS SDK, which Apple CEO Tim Cook called “the biggest release since the launch of the App Store,” includes over 4,000 new developer APIs and changes.

One thing developers will love about this release — besides the new Swift programming language — is something Apple calls “Metal.” This gives more direct access to the graphics and compute hardware on Apple’s A7 processors. The company says it dramatically reduces overhead and features more efficient multithreading to bring console-level graphics to the iPhone and iPad. According to Apple, this new feature allows for a 10x performance gain compared to iOS 7 in draw call speed.

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Other new features for game developers include SceneKit for those who want to build casual games in 2D and 3D, as well as enhancements to the…

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