macOS Big Sur 11 beta 2 includes support for the Safari browser for Google’s open source web media format WebM. There is no development for the mobile Safari engine yet.
WebM support, which Google developed as open source and aims to support media content on the web, is coming to the macOS platform after a long time. The beta process has started.
What is WebM?
The WebM video format, which was launched in 2010, was developed as an alternative to the H.264 licensed video compression format. The WebM format supported by many browsers is still not widely used.
One of the browsers that do not support the WebM format is Safari. There is no webM support in the desktop web or mobile environment. Steve Jobs saw the WebM format as a waste of time.
However, the fact that Apple and Google started working for 4K YouTube on VP9 format also brought paper to the webM format. With the macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 2 version, the desktop web environment is getting WebM support. It will now be possible to view the WebM format in the desktop Safari browser.
There is no WebM support on the iOS side yet. Since all iOS browsers are based on the Safari engine, they will have to wait for Apple to make a move. No statement has been made on this subject for now.