Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Love or hate 'em, Apple's Live Photos are coming to the web

Love or hate 'em, Apple's Live Photos are coming to the web

Live Photos were introduced in 2015 alongside iPhone 6S, initially as an exclusive feature, that allows the user to capture the 1.5 seconds footage before and after the shutter button is pressed while taking the photo. It's a fun feature, but it has limitations.

Almost two years after Live Photos made its debut, Apple has finally revealed the Live Photo API. This means that web developers will have to add the LivePhotoKit JS API to their site, and then Live Photos embeds will be supported. As the API has been just released by Apple, we might have to wait till it is integrated by developers into their websites. Today Apple announced the launch of LivePhotosKit JS, an application programming interface (API) that will make it possible for developers to add Live Photos into websites.

Apart from owning iPhone 6S or later, iOS 9 and all versions of the operating system that were released are also required for supporting Live Photos on the iOS devices. This is a frustration of Live Photos enthusiasts who feel like the full impact of their photos are not being felt by viewers, or that the intent of their phots aren't being preserved online. "In addition to enabling Live Photos on iOS and MacOS, you can now let users display their Live Photos on the web", the company posted on its Developer blog Thursday. And it's a boon for users, who get to see their Live Photos presented as intended.

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