Apple adds support for AVIF images to Safari with iOS 16 and macOS 13

Safari 16, which is the latest version of Apple’s web browser that comes preinstalled with iOS 16 and macOS 13, brings several new features like web push notifications, shared tab group, new password features, and more. The update, which will be officially available later this year, also adds AVIF image format support on iOS and macOS.

As shared by Safari and WebKit Evangelist Jen SimmonsiOS 16 and macOS 13 now support AVIF images.

AFIV Image Codec

For those unfamiliar, AFIV is a modern image codec optimized to deliver compact files without significant quality loss – unlike JPG. AVIF also supports modern features like transparency, HDR, wide color gamut, and animated images, so it can even replace GIFs.

The codec is an open standard and is currently supported by Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Several companies such as Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Microsoft have backed the AVIF format, and now it looks like Apple will finally do the same with AVIF on iOS and macOS.

You can now download and open an AVIF image on devices running the latest beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura. With the latest Safari Technology Preview, now available to developers, AVIF images also work on the web. The codec still doesn’t work properly in the Safari 16 beta, but that should be fixed soon.

Learn more about Safari 16

Other new features in Safari 16 include Shared Tab Group, Strong Password Editing, Improved CSS, and Passkeys – a new way to authenticate to websites with Touch ID without having to create a traditional password.

Apple has invited some Mac users to try the Safari 16 beta, which also has a macOS Monterey-ready version. However, if you weren’t prompted, you can still install Safari Technology Preview without needing the macOS Ventura beta.

For those unfamiliar, Safari Technology Preview is an alternate version of Apple’s web browser that has experimental features. This way, developers can prepare their websites and web applications for new technologies before they are released to the public.

Safari 16 will be released this fall along with iOS 16 and macOS 13.


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