Apple Tests Google Graphics Format For Speeding Up Websites

Currently, it is being reported by Cnet that Apple has started trial runs with Google graphics technology in an effort to make Websites load faster.
 
Support for the technology, an image format which is known as WebP, is built into this test version of iOS 10 and MacOS Sierra, which is the upcoming edition of Apple’s core software for iPhone, iPads and Macs. However, the support for WebP is not yet certain, the beta version is not yet a commitment and Apple might go on to choose to remove WebP support from the final version of the software ship in the upcoming weeks.
 
If Apple would enable WebP, Safari users and steadily others will be able to see certain Websites loads faster. Facebook for example has embraced WebP after the company found that the images are 25 percent to 35 percent smaller compared to JPEGs, which is the most commonly found image format. Google too uses this format extensively, stating that its YouTube Webpage loads around 10 percent faster than before, just by using WebP thumbnails.
 
It is not an easy decision for the Browser maker to add a new image format to the Web. In doing this, it adds on to the complexity and potential security problems to the Browsers and if the Web goes on to use them widely, the Browser makers must essentially go on to support those particular formats forever.
 
WebP has been designed as an alternative not only to JPEG, but also to the animated version of other decades old format,s such as GIF and PNG, a format which is quite convenient for graphical elements such as logos. PNG comes with certain useful abilities, to make part of the image transparent. However, it is not suitable for compressing the photos. WebP is quite good for photos and it also offers the transparency along with the animated WebP images, which are dramatically smaller compared to the animated GIF images.
 
Apple’s WebP support in its beta software has been spotted in Mozilla’s bug and feature tracking site and it has been confirmed that it does not extend to animated WebP.
 
WebP, however, does not have everyone convinced. Google was the first to embrace this format in Chrome Browser and its support carries to the smaller-name Browsers, which includes Opera, Brave and Vivaldi, which use Chrome’s core engine. The WebP support is not currently planned in Microsoft Edge Browser or its older browser, Internet Explorer.
  
Firefox maker Mozilla in 2013 analyzed WebP and other JPEG alternatives, however it was not implemented. Instead, it tried to improve JPEG compression. However, the organization has not closed the door on WebP and if Apple goes on to support WebP, the probability is that it will urge Mozilla on board. This, in turn would go on to encourage the Web programmers to adopt the image format.