Apple releases a bit of code to let you put Live Photos on your sites – TechCrunch
Appleâ€™s Live Photos are fun â€” theyâ€™ve definitely captured a few unexpected magical moments for me that standard stills wouldâ€™ve missed. But for the most part, they live on your phone and stay within the confines of your apps. Seeing them floating around the web, especially on a desktop browser, has always been something of a rarity.
Tumblr kicked down that wall a bit last year by adding Live Photos to its web version and releasing a tool to let others do the same. When it came to an official Apple-approved method, however, there was nothing to be found.
We canâ€™t embed the Live Photos here just yet (or the way-better-than-GIF format WebM for that matter, hence the super-chunky GIF up top), but you can see a working example here.
It looks pretty slick in action, but Appleâ€™s example mechanism for triggering playback hereâ€¦ doesnâ€™t seem super intuitive.
Do I click? Do I hover over the image? It just started playing for a second when I was scrollingâ€¦ is that the key?
Turns out, the trick is hovering your mouse cursor over the little â€œLIVEâ€ box in the upper right. Itâ€™s easy to remember once youâ€™ve figured it out, but for about 20 seconds I was convinced something was broken.
Appleâ€™s documentation for the new API suggests that this should play friendly with most of the major browsers, mobile or otherwise.
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