Apple Unveils New LivePhotosKit API to Embed Live Photos on the Web

Apple Unveils New LivePhotosKit API to Embed Live Photos on the Web

Almost two years after Live Photos made its debut, Apple has finally revealed the Live Photo API. 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. Live Photos are basically short videos that end with the photo itself, taken with iPhones. Developers will now be able to use the API to share Live Photos playback on iOS, macOS, and now the web.

Last year, Tumblr provided a workaround to let users bring Live Photos on its platform. Since then, we've seen companies like Google and Facebook work to make sharing Live Photos easier, and now Apple is doing the same. More important than the file it creates is how Apple devices handle it. This means that web developers will have to add the LivePhotoKit JS API to their site, and then Live Photos embeds will be supported.

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Live Photos are essentially tiny movies, captured by the iPhone in bursts of 3 seconds.

Apple also provides examples to show developers how to set it up. All iPhones from that point on had access to capture of Live Photos - so long as they were as powerful or more powerful than the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus.

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