iOS 11 image format will appear as a first of a kind to your PC. Only if your iOS device got A10 or later processors. The long-awaited update features a new image file format HEIF, that might change the way you capture moments. Sounds nice until you transfer them to your windows or macOS running devices. Likewise, your Windows PC will refuse to show .heic formatted images captured with your iOS 11 running phone or pad.
Why iOS 11 has chosen HEIF?
HEIF stands for High-Efficiency Image File Format.
This format can compress the full-resolution 4K images meanwhile keeping a lower resolution JPEG format to display in the gallery.
· Orientation changing and cropping are basic features.
· Store single images or sequences.
· Add text or audio alongside images.
Image files: saved in a new HEIF format, with extension “.heic” instead of “.jpg”
|Support HEIC format||Don’t support HEIC format|
|iOS 11||iOS 10 or lower|
|macOS High Sierra(10.13)||macOS Sierra(10.12 or lower)|
|All Windows OS|
Video files: still saved with extension “.mov,” but encoded differently as HEVC files. A list of OS supports HEVC Video Files:
macOS High Sierra(10.13)
Apple waited a decade for iOS 11 now it’s your turn to wait for the update of your PC OS unless you already have something compatible. You might not have the supported device to backup your iOS photos as a .heic format. Though you still can convert them to JPEG by clicking here or using a desktop program for batch convert, which is much faster and convenient.