Expect to see more of Apple’s Live Photos format moving images thanks to a new Live Photo API for sharing and playing them on the web.
Live Photos is a nifty feature on the iPhone 6S and newer that turns a still photo into a three-second clip, making an image that’s also a short movie. The catch is that sharing the clips with friends is largely limited to those who’ve also got an iPhone or Mac.
The other way of sharing them on the web is by using Google Photos’ Motion Stills feature, which cleans up Live Photos and coverts them to videos or GIFs.
Apple provided a demonstration of two clips kicking into motion with the mouse over the Live icon.
As per Apple’s documentation, developers can use LivePhotoKit to create a Live Photos Player on their webpages. The player is supported on all major browsers for iOS, macOS, and Windows, as well as beta for Chrome on Android.
The new toolkit from Apple follows Tumblr’s launch of Live Photos for the web, which filled the then lack of an official way from Apple to add Live Photos to websites.