Currently, in beta testing, Apple’s new iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS 13, and other updates will release in the Fall including the new Safari 16. The latest Safari Technology Preview release 149 revealed that Apple had added support for AVIF images to its native web browser on iOS 16 and macOS 13.
Safari Technology Preview is Apple’s alternative web browser that offers experimental features before they are released to the general public. It allows developers to test the new technologies and prepare their web apps and website accordingly.
iPhone and Mac users will be able to download high-quality AVIF images on the new Safari 16
The new release notes include support for AVIF images, along with other changes to media on the new Safari 16.
- Added support for AVIF images on macOS Ventura and iOS 16 (251850@main)
- Added support for emitting a resize event from PiP window (251512@main)
- Fixed a black screen appearing in a muted video element outside the viewport (251596@main)
- Fixed autoplay for an HTMLMediaElement created while page is interrupted (251691@main)
- Fixed autoplay when moving a media element from one document to another (251595@main)
- Fixed WebM to handle a case where a single video frame is appended (251485@main)
- Fixed video.currentSrc to not get reset when a new load error occurs (251654@main)
AVIF image is an open-sourced optimized image format that compresses the image without compromising its quality much. In comparison to JPEG, PNG, and WebP, it offers a significant reduction in a file’s size. AVIF image format also supports HDR, wide color gamut, transparency, and animated images and is currently supported by Android, Google Chrome, and Firefox.
Other features coming to Safari 16 are Passkey to authentication websites via Touch ID or Face ID, Shared Tab Group, improved CSS, strong password editing, web push notifications, and others.
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