The official adoption of WebRTC by Apple is great news. As always, the devil is in the details. Before starting the party let’s see Apple’s approach to WebRTC, first and foremost not making it part of their walled garden and second in areas related to interoperability related to APIs, ORTC vs. WebRTC 1.0, codecs support and HW acceleration.
Give VoIP calls the same priority as operator telephony calls is a strategic decision of Apple to pull the rug out from under the operators’ user experience advantage. As OTT VoIP and operator calls are made equal on iOS10 users will become more indifferent as to which service to use. It makes the embedding of telephony in business communications and collaboration services more natural.
As Michael Lewitt mentions in his post, the rich get richer but looking at it from a technology and business standpoint rather than from a financial one we see that those who adapt to globalization, technology cycles and user behavioral changes are at the top of the list. It is true in communications and also in retail. WebRTC is helping global service providers enlarge their cake
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” it is still hard to understand the details. Our live Webinar & Q&A will answer some of them.
Support for WebRTC in Apple products is a major missing piece in making WebRTC ubiquitous. It is missing in Safari on Mac but there, users can use Chrome or Firefox. The bigger problem is on mobile. Mobile safari does not support webrtc. App store rules also force developers to use Apple’s provided WebView, which does not support WebRTC today, to render any webpage. But this is about to change.
Last week Apple posted a new position on their job board with the title: WebKit Media Engineer – WebRTC (see below full job post). Now that looks like great news. Maybe Apple is working towards adding WebRTC to the Safari browser for iOS and OS X. Before we open the champagne bottle let’s take a closer look at this one.