Twitter finally announced its support for Apple Live Photos today, which can now be uploaded to Twitter and shared in a GIF format, according tomedia reports. Although Apple introduced the feature in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 2015, most social networks still don’t support the format and don’t allow uploads.
Live photos are somewhat similar to the active photos in the Harry Potter movies, which add motion to still photos. When taking a photo with a live photo of the iPhone, the iPhone captures the seconds before and after the shot, which can then form a motion photo.
Twitter now allows users to upload this form of photos directly to their platform and display them in AIF format, where users simply select a photo in the Twitter app and click the GIF button to upload it.
And if you want to share a live photo but don’t want to share it as a GIF, don’t click the GIF button.
In addition, Twitter announced that it would keep the news of jPEG image quality.
With this change, Twitter will allow users to upload photos ranging from 8 megapixels to 16 megapixels without squeezing the quality of the photos. But Twitter points out that preview images still compress photos to save size and download delays. Although the quality of the photos will remain the same, Twitter will delete the metadata that uploads the photos as usual.
Twitter is also understood to be planning similar improvements to avatars and other images next year.