Apple may finally be adding AV1 codec support to multiple products

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Apple recently launched its new M2 SoC, which is the direct successor to the last-gen M1. The chip will initially be making its way into the MacBook Air and the 13" MacBook Pro. The latter is codenamed "Mac14,7" and its performance leaked out a few days back in the form synthetic benchmark which suggests Apple isn't overstating its performance claims of the M2.

While that is indeed a good omen for those looking forward to M2-based products, one of the disappointing aspects of the M2 is the lack of AV1 codec support. The new chip supports up to 8K H.264 (AVC) and H.265 (HEVC), as well as its in-house ProRes video format for up to 8K playback.
However, all this could be set to change as Apple is seemingly working on AV1. This is suggested by changes spotted inside its AVFoundation's Core Media framework libraries with a new global variable listed as "kCMVideoCodecType_AV1".

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