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Apple's iOS 9 getting six gaming-focused upgrades, including game DVR

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iOS 9, the next version of Apple's operating system for iPad and iPhone, will include six gaming-focused features — three of which are new — Craig Federighi, Apple's SVP of software engineering, announced today during the company's annual WWDC keynote.

The three new frameworks are as follows:

  • GameplayKit, which helps create artificial intelligence and pathfinding
  • Model I/O, which is designed to light 3D models
  • ReplayKit, which will let users record and share gameplay

Apple's existing, gaming-focused technology — SpriteKit, SceneKit and Metal — have all been enhanced, Federighi said. iOS 9 is scheduled for release later in 2015, with a first-ever public beta coming this summer.

At the same keynote, Epic Games announced that Fortnite is coming to Mac, thanks to Metal's inclusion in OS X.