Apple’s announces LivePhotosKit API; can now be embedded in websites


Apple has announced the launch of a new LivePhotosKit JavaScript-based API. The new API has been designed to make embedding of Live Photos taken using Apple iPhones easier into websites.
Live photos which were introduced with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus basically capture 1.5 seconds video both after and before capturing the image. When users press down on a Live Photo in their iPhones the image animates appears like a tiny clipping with that seems to have captured the action before and after a photo.
With the new LivePhotosKit JavaScript-based API, these Live Photos captured from iPhones can now be easily embedded into websites. Once embedded the Live Photo first loads and then all a user has to do is move the cursor over the “Live” button to animate.
“This new JavaScript-based API makes it easy to embed Live Photos on your websites. In addition to enabling Live Photos on iOS and macOS, you can now let users display their Live Photos on the web.” said Apple in a press release.
Live photos have been around since 2015, but there are few social networks that actually support them. Thanks to a WhatsApp update, iOS users can now at least share Live Photos as GIFs of video, making them available on a platform other than their iPhones.

So far, Live photos can captured using an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus. Live Photos are so far only supported on devices running iOS 9, OS X El Capitan and WatchOS 2 or later. Hopefully things should get better now that the new API is out.

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