macOS Big Sur 11.3 adds WebM playback support to Safari

With the release of macOS Big Sur 11.3 beta 2 earlier this week, it is now possible to play WebM content within Safari (first reported by The 8-Bit).

WebM is a royalty-free video codec that was developed by Google in 2010 and designed for playing videos on the web. All major browsers have supported the format for years but Safari lacked support due to Steve Jobs’ arguing that the format was “a mess”.

macOS Big Sur 11.3 will now support the WebM format and it will be possible to playback videos that use the format (such as this one on the WebM Project website).

Apple also added support for the WebP image format, also developed by Google, with macOS Big Sur and VP9 videos for playing back videos on YouTube and Netflix in 4K HDR. The inclusion of these formats will make it easier for users and professionals to playback and create content that relies on the codecs on their Mac.

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