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Speculation about WebRTC and Apple

October 30, 2015

I am constantly asked, “So where do you get all of information and resources for the WebRTC Solutions Community?”  While the list of trusted sources I employ is way too long for this space, and I like to believe our community is your preferred destination for keeping ahead of the game when it comes to WebRTC news and insights, I also like to identify distinct voices that I follow whose thoughts are worth considering. 

The most recent addition to my list is blogger Amir Zmora, and his TheNewDialtone site. If nothing else, the site name alone should grab attention. You can check out for yourself Amir’s credentials, but the reason for the shout-out is a rather interesting piece he recently did, Apple WebRTC Signals, What do They Mean? 

Just as aside, while I am admittedly a WebRTC enthusiast, my inner former industry analyst after several years of watching WebRTC’s ramp, believes that it is well-positioned as foundational for the way the majority of us interact in real-time going forward.  In fact, my suspicion is that WebRTC will be so fundamental to the majority of communications that in 3 or 4 years it will be hardly mentioned as “emerging” and will just be there and taken for granted. It is why the new dial tone name resonates.

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Returning to the subject at hand, community members are sometimes painfully aware that Apple’s lack of support of WebRTC has been a major market inhibitor. So too has been Microsoft’s caginess on the subject until it revealed ORTC-WebRTC support in its Edge  browser with a “sorry” to users of old versions of Internet Explorer.  Hence, anything that might give an inkling of hope that Apple is going to embrace WebRTC is news. It is ripe for speculation.  And, while I always temper enthusiasm of speculation as being what it is, i.e., somebody’s opinion, in this instance we should pay attention to Zmora’s thoughts.

The section of the blog about supporting WebRTC in iOS and OS X requiring a few things for it to be beneficial distills what will be needed quite well.  Even better was the full description of Apple job number 43451266. This is almost as informative as when companies with new devices tip their hands in FCC filings.

As Zmora cautions in his blog sub-headline, “Hold on with the Champagne,” companies are always looking at having in-house expertise on competitive offerings. This, after all, is one job and not the creation of an entire team. That said, it can at least be noted that this is encouraging.   

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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