Live Photos Is Life

(And there’s your earworm for the day, fellow 80’s kids. You’re welcome.)

So we hadn’t been overly impressed with Live Photos when they were introduced — GIFs with sound, that nothing supports, yay? — and proceeded to assume that would shortly end up on the long list of forgotten Apple multimedia technologies that we were experts in back in the day, so might as well forget it immediately and save time. But perhaps we were a trifle cavalier in that evaluation, looks like Apple’s doubling down on them at least somewhat, got a top level folder for them now:

Live Photos for Developers

Live Photos allows you to relive your favorite memories with movement and sound. Take advantage of the new Live Photos API and let users enjoy these moments in your web app…

API and docs are still Spartan as ever,


Live Photo HIG

Live Photo Editing and RAW Processing with Core Image

but this is new, a library to support web page embedding:

LivePhotosKit JS

Use the LivePhotosKit JS library to play Live Photos on your web pages.

The JavaScript API presents the player in the form of a DOM element, much like an image or video tag, which can be configured with photo and video resources and other options, and have its playback controlled either programmatically by the consuming developer, or via pre-provided controls by the browsing end-user…

and published with npm even. That … hopefully … indicates they’re serious about supporting it then!

So if you have any site that uses photos for anything, take a look at supporting Live Photos as well, now that it’s easy and all!

Alex | May 2, 2017

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