Apple is reportedly set to roll-out support for the AV1 codec across its smartphones, laptops, tablets and Apple TV 4K.
According FlatPanelsHD, the company has added a new option for AV1 video in its AVFoundation framework, which could lead to the Apple’s products supporting 8K.
The Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia) released the first version of AV1 in 2018. The royalty-free codec claims to have a 30 per cent bit-rate efficiency edge over the likes of HEVC.
At the time, the consortium said AV1 will deliver improved bandwidth efficiencies amid the move to 4K, 8K, High Dynamic Range and Wide Colour Gamut.
YouTube already uses the codec to support its 8K videos, while Netflix began delivering AV1 streaming to viewers watching on TV platforms last year.
However, the European Union is currently investigating the Alliance for Open Media over the organisation’s licensing of AV1, which could lead to a change of heart by Apple.
TVBEurope’s recent poll asking which codec will become dominant within the media industry in the next five years saw AV1 fail to secure any votes.