Heads up, Facebook users: While you’re scrolling through your feed and tap on a picture and it begins to move, rest assured that your eyes are not playing tricks on you. You may actually be looking at an Apple Live Photo.
Cupertino in September promised that its new moving picture format would be viewable on Facebook before the end of the year, and now it’s really happening. The social network on Monday started rolling off support for Apple Live Photos, a Facebook spokesperson told PCMag.
As of right now, Facebook is trying the feature comprehensively with a little percentage of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users, however the company plans to extend accessibility next year. “We’re eager to support Apple’s new Live Photos,” the spokesperson said.
According to a report from TechCrunch, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users selected to participate in the test will be able to share their Live Photos on Facebook from the organization’s iOS application, and anybody with a gadget running iOS 9 will be able to view them.
For the uninitiated, Apple initially presented Live Photos in September as one of the standout features of its most recent iPhones. Here’s how it works: Whenever you take a photograph with the feature enabled, your iOS gadget will also capture a three-second video surrounding the time said photograph is taken.
“At the heart of a Live Photo is a beautiful 12-megapixel photograph,” reads Apple’s depiction. “But together with that photograph are the moments just before and after it was taken, captured with movement and sound.”
As PCMag’s Sascha Segan pointed out earlier this year, the thought behind Live Photos isn’t precisely new. HTC revealed a similar feature called Zoe back in 2013, however it the company couldn’t get Facebook, Instagram, or other significant players to support the format, so it never took off. With Facebook’s support, Live Photos might “sweep across the Internet like Zoes never did,” Segan predicted.