iOS 8 Mobile Safari Now Supports Animated PNGs

iOS 8 Mobile Safari Now Supports Animated PNGs

According to a recent report by MacRumors, the latest version of Safari on iOS 8 now supports Animated PNGs, a feature that could potentially rival the popular animated GIFs. Unlike GIFs, Animated PNGs offer a broader spectrum of colors and enhanced transparency capabilities.

The Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG) format extends the capabilities of the standard PNG format to include animations, similar to GIFs but with support for 24-bit images and 8-bit transparency, which GIFs lack.

iOS 8 Mobile Safari Now Supports Animated PNGs

However, GIFs are limited to 256 colors per frame, although there are techniques to bypass this restriction, they often result in larger file sizes.

Despite these advantages, the adoption of animated PNGs across different web browsers has been slow. Currently, they are only functional on Firefox and the mobile version of Safari in iOS 8.

The upcoming release of Safari 8 with OS X Yosemite will also support the format. Below, if your browser supports it, you should see an animated image of a bouncing ball.

For browsers that do not support this format, the first frame of the animated PNG will be displayed as a static image.

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