Apple has added the AV1 codec to Safari 16.4 beta. It is noteworthy that not a single device of the company supports working with it. Experts believe that Apple may introduce AV1 in the A17 and M3 series of processors.
The open video compression standard AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) was introduced in 2018. Modern GPUs and APUs have already received support for AV1. In the ranks of the lagging behind was Apple, which still ignores the codec, while the developers of streaming services and video software have already begun to implement it.
The beta version of the proprietary browser Safari 16.4 found support for AV1, Apple announced this in the list of updates. The list also notes that the codec only works on compatible devices, but none of the company's current gadgets can work with AV1. Among other things, in 2012, Apple outgrew the update branch of Safari for Windows, so the update is definitely intended for the company's devices.
Experts believe that Apple is preparing an update for the A17 and M3 processors, which will support the new codec. Processors from Intel and AMD are already able to decode AV1, and graphics accelerators from these manufacturers support encoding. Also, AMD and Nvidia will release mid-range graphics cards with support for AV1 encoding at the end of 2023.