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iOS 11 HEIC - Everything You'd Want to Know

After the official revealing of iOS 11, there has been quite a stir in the tech scene regarding its new-age features. One of its most evident features is the iOS 11 HEIF format for images and the iOS HEVC support for video coding. If it all sounds new to you, then don’t worry! In this post, we will cover every essential thing that you need to know about the HEIC iOS extension. Read on and know every essential detail regarding the new iOS 11 HEIC format.

Part 1: What is HEIC format?

Originally developed by Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), it is an image container format (like JPEG). HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image File Format and can store individual images as well as a range of pictures. Its file extensions are .HEIF and .HEIC for images and have encoded HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec/Compression) technique. What makes it so special is that HEIF photos take almost half the space as compared to JPEG photos. Additionally, the HEIF images are of far better quality than JPEG.

Due to the added benefits of this image container format, Apple decided to introduce it in iOS 11. This means that devices with iOS HEVC support like iPhone 6S HEVC can store photos at half of the total storage and of better quality. After the introduction of iOS 11 HEIF, it is believed that the image format will have a mainstream usage and soon replace the age-old JPEG format. Since HEIC iOS also supports live photos, it can also replace the renowned GIF format as well.

heic photo vs jpg photo

Part 2: HEIC Supported iOS Devices

Even though HEIF is a highly-efficient image format, it has a long way to go. Presently, we live in a world that is dominated by the JPEG format. Therefore, it is important to know the iOS HEVC support devices. This will let you share your photos with other iOS devices that supports HEIC format too.

Ideally, all devices that are compatible with iOS 11 can support the HEIF format. Besides the new iPhone 7, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6S HEVC, here are all the devices that support the image format.

  • • iPhone 5s, SE, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, and 7 Plus
  • • iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4
  • • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • • iPad (fifth generation)
  • • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (first and second generation)
  • • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • • iPod Touch (sixth generation)

Now when you know the iOS 11 HEIC supported device list, you can easily use this file format on your favorite devices.

Part 3: How to disable High Efficiency Image Format on iOS 11?

The iOS 11 HEIF format can save space on your device storage while increasing the quality of photos as well. Nevertheless, if you like to share your photos with others, then HEIC format can get a little tricky. Therefore, users should also know how to turn off the iOS HEVC support. In this way, you would be able to store photos in JPEG format without much trouble. To turn off HEIC on iOS, simply follow these steps:

  • 1. To start with, unlock your iOS device and go to its Settings.
  • 2. Under the list of all the options, tap on “Camera”.
  • 3. This will provide various features related to your device’s camera. Go to “Formats” by tapping on the respective option.
  • camera formats

  • 4. From here, you can pick between HEIF and JPEG format. Under the “Camera Capture” section, both the options would be listed.
  • 5. The “High Efficiency” option will provide iOS 11 HEIC support, whereas the “Most Compatible” option will save photos in JPEG format.
  • 6. Tap on the “Most Compatible” option to disable the iPhone 6s HEVC support for a while.

select most compatible

Later, you can enable it by following the same drill and choosing the “High Efficiency” option instead.

Part 4: How to transfer HEIC images to a computer?

Transferring the HEIC images to a computer can be a little tough if you are not using a dedicated tool like iOS Data Backup & Restore. A part of the dr.fone toolkit, it provides a fast and 100% secure way to move your data files from iPhone to computer and vice versa. Compatible with all the leading iOS versions (including iOS 11), it has a dedicated desktop application for Windows and Mac.

Therefore, you can simply use the tool to transfer your HEIC photos from iPhone to Windows/Mac and view them without any trouble. Also, it automatically converts HEIF photos to JPEG, so that you can view them on Windows or any other device that doesn’t support HEIC format as of now. Besides transferring your HEIC photos, you can also use it to backup your device and restore it afterward.

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1. Install iOS Data Backup & Restore on your Mac or Windows system.

2. Connect your iOS device to the system and launch the application. From the welcome screen of dr.fone toolkit, choose the option of “Data Backup & Restore”.

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3. Your device will automatically be detected and dr.fone will display the following screen. From here, you can select the kind of files you wish to backup. To transfer HEIC iOS files, enable the option of “Photos”. Click on the “Backup” button to initiate the process.

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4. Wait for a while as the application will take a backup of your photos, including the iOS 11 HEIF files. Make sure that you don’t disconnect your device during the process is completed.

backup iphone heic photos

5. Once the backup process is completed, you can also view it from its native interface. As you can see, your backup would be segregated into different categories.

export heic photos to computer as jpg

That’s it! By following these steps, you can simply transfer HEIF files from your phone to computer without any trouble.

Now when you know everything about iOS 11 HEIC format, you can easily make the most of it. By following this guide, you can learn how to disable iPhone 6S HEVC support or move your HEIF files from one device to another. dr.fone iOS Data Backup & Restore is a remarkable tool and will certainly come handy to you on numerous occasions. Feel free to give it a try and let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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