HEIF High Efficiency Image Format

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by zorinlynx, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Anybody played with this yet?

    I'm wondering...

    - Can older iOS versions view images in iCloud Photo Library that were taken by iOS 11 phones?
    - Can Sierra open these things?
    - Is there a way to set the quality? If you can get the same quality at a smaller file size, I'd much rather get more quality at the SAME file size as before. Disk space is cheap.

    I'm mostly concerned about how compatibility issues will be resolved between iOS and macOS versions that support/don't support HEIF. I'm glad they're making it optional.
  2. Susurs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
  3. mrxak macrumors 68000

    Apr 16, 2004
    Drifting through space in a broken escape pod
    From the Platforms State of the Union after the keynote, they clarified that they'll transcode HEIF images to JPEG when sending pictures of devices they don't think can display HEIF. It sounds like they're trying to make HEIF compatible with as many Apple devices as possible, though, either with software updates, or dedicated HEVC hardware in future devices. It should be fairly seamless inside and outside the Apple ecosystem.
  4. kevin738 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2010
    I can tell you that I just tested this and the image uploads to iCloud Photo Library but will not display properly on a device that is not updated to ios 11. You end up only getting a blurry version of the original.
  5. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    Wonder if adobe will support it. Every once in awhile I use iPhone photos in Lightroom. Be annoying to have to translate to another format first.

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