Apple’s Live Photos are fun. The company is now spreading some of that love around by allowing you to place them in your very own website. Yup. The facility was offered by a couple of third parties by means of some devious trickery. However, the feature is now official and has been released to the web by none other than the Cupertino giant.
First off, if you haven’t come across Live Photos yet well, you are missing something good that life has to offer. The feature was introduced alongside the iPhone 6 and 6S and let you make use of iPhone’s force touch capabilities to take picture that appeared to be still for all intent and purposes but on pressing down, started moving. Harry Potter fans have already understood what I am talking about.
So, the feature was limited to iPhones. However, Apple today updated its developer portal with a new tool called the LivePhotosKit. As the name implies, the feature allows you to take live pictures and then integrate them upon your websites. We can’t exactly integrate it within our website just yet, but you can check out a living, breathing example right here.
Oh and please don’t push down or attempt to use force touch on your laptop screen. Your hardware is still the same and the most you will achieve is break your screen. To make the photos go live, simply hover your mouse over the “Live” you see on the top right hand corner of the picture. You probably won’t find them hovering around the Internet, however, Apple has really played a masterstroke in allowing people to push their live photos to the web. Indeed, it could well supplant GIFs as we know them.
Well, that is a discussion for another time. In the meanwhile, try out the new Live pictures and tell us your thoughts. And if you have created some of your own, we would love to take a look at them.