Insider information from the WebRTC in WebKit initiative
The last several weeks have been really busy with posts and discussions about Apple’s work on WebRTC.
I have given my thought on this matter back in October when Apple posted a new open position on its job board for a WebKit Media Engineer with experience in WebRTC. This was followed by another post for which I received in-depth information from Dr. Alex Gouaillard, the person who co-founded the WebRTC in WebKit initiative together with Ericsson R&D.
A few of the latest posts on this topic include:
- Lantre Barr, Blacc Spot Media on NoJitter
- Itay Rosenfeld, Voxbone on Tech Crunch
- Liam Tung, ZDNet
- Andrew Rosenbaum, 3CX
- Tracee Herbaugh, TechTarget
- Tsahi Levent-Levi, BlogGeek.me
- Arin Sime, WebRTC.ventures calls it the “WebRTC in Apple debate” on RealTime Weeklly
Questions to be asked
While people have questioned the likelihood of Apple adding WebRTC anytime soon it is now clear to all that the WebRTC train has left the Apple planning station and is now parking at development.
From the simple statement on Apple’s Webkit status page saying it is “In Development” (April 13th, 2016) and that what it will give is “An API to facilitate real-time communication for browser-to-browser applications.” It is still hard to understand the details:
- When will it be available?
- Will it interoperate with other browsers?
- What codecs will it support? Opus? H.264? VP8/9
- What’s the plan for ORTC?
- Will it be accessible by iOS applications via WebView?
For this reason we decided to have this as the featured topic for our WebRTC standards and implementations monthly webinar in which Alex Gouaillard, will share information from his last meeting with Apple and answer some of these questions.
As usual Dan Burnett, Alex Gouaillard and myself will take questions about WebRTC standards and implementations.