Update 6/7: Today Apple released a formal announcement
A couple of days ago at WWDC, Apple confirmed something that those of us in the WebRTC developer community have speculated about for over a year – that WebRTC will be incorporated into the newest version of Safari (Safari 11) which will be released this September along with iOS 11.
This is HUGE news for the computing industry.
Since its introduction in 2011, WebRTC has become an incredibly important part of everyone’s favorite platforms and applications. It is at the core of a few services that you might have heard of, including Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and Slack.
WebRTC is also supported natively by most major web browsers, including Chrome, Firefox and Opera. But there were 2 big holdouts – Microsoft’s Edge browser and Apple’s Safari. This meant that people using those browsers couldn’t access WebRTC-based services without installing some type of plug-in.
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