WebRTC on Safari11 for MacOS and iOS
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At past WWDC 2017 in San Jose, California, Apple announced that it will include support for WebRTC in Safari 11 and WebKit for all iOS 11 and MacOS Sierra devices. Until now, 80% of all browsers supported WebRTC including Firefox and Chrome. Regarding Safari it grows to 95%. Apple’s announcement gives companies that use WebRTC applications and tools, such as our VideoRTC solutions, a broader range for choice and flexibility over which browser their rich multimedia communications services are delivered. But its newfound pervasiveness is also good news for WebRTC itself.
What is supported in WebRTC for Safari 11.
What is important to know currently is which are the limits or real possibilities. Right now, in the WebRTC Safari implementation released by Apple are included:
- GetUserMedia and PeerConnection (the basics)
- Voice and video calls seem to work well
- Opus codec is allowed for audio
- H.264 is the only one codec allowed for video (there is no VP8 or VP9)
- Data Channel is supported, but is reported as buggy to be used apparently
- No screen sharing
What are the Apple devices and OS.
WebRTC is here for both, desktop Safari 11 (MacOS Sierra iMac & Macbook) and mobile Safari (most iPhone and iPad upgraded to iOS 11). That’s really great news!
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