43 responses

  1. Rob
    September 29, 2017

    I have a 6s Plus with iOS 11.01 and under Settings > Camera, I do not have the “Format” option. I only have, Preserve Settings, Grid, Scan QR Codes, Record Video, Record Slo-mo and Keep Normal Photo. Hmmm… Is this article specific to both iOS 11 AND certain models, such as maybe the 8 and above?

    • Me too. There is no Format option under Camera
      September 29, 2017

      I am using iPhone 6S recently upgraded to 11.0.1.

      There is no Format option under Camera in Settings

    • Mark
      September 29, 2017

      Likewise on my 6s.

    • John
      September 29, 2017

      Ditto

  2. Doug Dog
    September 29, 2017

    You can also convert HEIC / HEIF files to JPEG or PNG with a free converter tool like this https://imazing.com/heic

  3. Bob
    September 29, 2017

    Paul, considering the greater compression of HEIF vs JPEG, is it also consistent to think the HEIF to JPEG transfer will be more lossy than a JPEG original?

    • Paul Kunz
      October 4, 2017

      Good point/question… sounds like you would be right.

  4. Ted
    September 29, 2017

    I don’t have the Formats option on my iphone 5s.

    • Luis A
      September 29, 2017

      Neither do I on iphone 6s running ios 11. It must be only for iphone 7 or later.

  5. arni
    September 29, 2017

    This must only apply to newer iphones – I have a 6 plus, and it still shoots in jpg and there’s no format setting in the camera settings.

  6. Nemo
    September 29, 2017

    Certainly not there on 6+ – lazy writing to leave out pertinent facts

    • Luis A
      September 29, 2017

      Certainly not there on the 6s either. Has anybody tried on iphone 7? or is this only for the current models?

      • Bob
        September 29, 2017

        Nor is it on the SE iPhone!

      • Jason
        October 2, 2017

        Confirmed on the iPhone 7. I don’t have access to a 7+ but would assume the guts and software are the same if not better so that option would be available to 7+ users also.

  7. Katbel
    September 29, 2017

    Thanks, but I noticed,
    when I’m transferring photos from iPhone 8plus to my computer, the photo is loosing quality. Do you know if its possible to keep them as HEIF ?

    • Katbel
      September 29, 2017

      I answered my self reading your article again….;)

      • Katbel
        September 29, 2017

        and tried to compare the photos in Photos: the HEIF keeps the information and is one mb smaller -for example it was taken using Depth effect- The only difference is the title with and E in front of the number
        IMG_E7900.JPG HEIF 2mb
        IMG_7900.JPG converted 3 mb

  8. sherpa14k
    September 29, 2017

    Same here, no format option on 6S Plus [angry face]

  9. Brian
    September 29, 2017

    Not on the the iPhone 6S+ but it is on the newish 10.5 iPad

  10. Rod
    September 29, 2017

    iPhone 7 Plus with public beta 11.1 does have this option.

  11. Angelo Dicerni
    September 29, 2017

    It would be very helpful if you would state which iPhone you are referring to when you post a blog post. Most of us do not have the latest phone.
    We spent a long time looking for settings that do not exist.

  12. Steve
    September 29, 2017

    No “Formats” setting on my iPhone SE.

  13. Robert Poland
    September 29, 2017

    Neither my fairly new iPaD Pro or my iPhone 5s have the Format option.

  14. Ollyoop
    September 29, 2017

    The i7 with iOS 11 has the format feature.

  15. Ollyoop
    September 29, 2017

    FWIW: The i7 using ios11 has the format feature.

  16. Wastedtimelooking
    September 29, 2017

    I like how the writers of this piece respond to comments…NOT!!

    • Curry Dodo
      September 30, 2017

      Not every iPhone supports HEIF/HEIC image format. If you don’t see the setting on your device you are probably on an older model, or you did not update to iOS 11. Amazingly enough it’s not on my toaster either, but I am not ranting about my toaster not supporting the image format.

      But here’s the thing, if your iPhone does not have this setting, then you are already shooting in JPEG. So don’t worry about it.

      • Drew
        October 11, 2017

        So instead of being snarky while responding to a snarky comment, maybe you could actually do ALL of the research before throwing an article out there without some pertinent information of it only being on the iPhone 7 and newer… Seems like the first snarky comment from “wastedtimelooking” could have been avoided if you had just done your job.

      • Paul
        October 12, 2017

        If you don’t have the setting on your iPhone it means your iPhone is already shooting JPEG pictures, as is mentioned in the article. As with most new features in iOS, only the newest devices support the newest features.

  17. Alex
    September 30, 2017

    The thing this “article” missed out to say is which iOS devices are compatible with this new features.

    Here they are:

    HEIF CAPTURE SUPPORT
    iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) and over

    HEIF ENCODE SUPPORT
    iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017))

    HEIF DECODE SUPPORT

    Hardware decode:
    iOS devices on A9 chip (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad (2017), iPad Pro) and over
    Macs on 6th Generation Intel Core and over

    Software decode:
    All iOS devices
    All Macs

    HEVC CAPTURE SUPPORT

    8-bit hardware encode:
    iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over (iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.5-inch iPad Pro (2017))

    HEVC ENCODE SUPPORT

    8-bit hardware encode:
    iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over
    Macs with 6th Generation Intel Core and over

    10-bit software encode:
    All Macs running macOS

    HEVC DECODE SUPPORT

    8-bit hardware decode:
    iOS devices on A9 chip (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad (2017), iPad Pro) and over
    Macs with 6th Generation Intel Core and over

    10-bit hardware decode:
    iOS devices on A9 chip (iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPad (2017), iPad Pro) and over
    Macs with 7th Generation Intel Core

    8-bit software decode:
    All iOS devices
    All Macs

    10-bit software decode:
    All iOS devices
    All Macs

    • Jason
      October 2, 2017

      Well done. I knew the answer would be in the comments. Thanks!

  18. Gill Courage
    September 30, 2017

    My Pro 12.4 has no format option for the camera either.

    and the keuboard was the new style yesterday after update to 11 and now has gone back to the old style.

    Wtf apple?!

  19. Bob
    September 30, 2017

    Formats not there on an iPhone SE updated to 11.0.1.

  20. Helder
    September 30, 2017

    Checked my 7+ and the settings are there

  21. Someone
    September 30, 2017

    The new formats don’t come with iOS 11. They come with iOS 11 *for iPhone 7 or newer*. But, as others stated “lazy writing” ;)

  22. L. Brunes
    September 30, 2017

    Pretty weird. I cant’t find any “Format” option in my iPhone 6S Plus settings. Am I missing something
    ?

  23. Dominique
    September 30, 2017

    I have the Format option on my 6S…

  24. Richard McDonough
    September 30, 2017

    Apple is losing its way. A dumb move as if there is only the apple universe.
    If it id
    Sn’t btoken…

  25. Richard McDonough
    September 30, 2017

    If it isn’t broken…

  26. WhyMe
    October 1, 2017

    Do not have that setting on my 5se.

    • Mike
      October 9, 2017

      I’m also missing the ‘Format” setting on my 5s and I’d like to have it.

  27. Shompa
    October 5, 2017

    just a hint: using auto convert (and maybe 3party tools) remove wide color gamut. You are downgrading colors from 1.07 billion/pixel to 16 million.

  28. ltltank
    October 15, 2017

    My phone has “most compatible” checked in settings. However, I still get .heic format seemingly on a random basis. Seems that if I take more than one photo in succession, only the first photo goes to JPG.

    Also … once photo is taken, what is best way to convert from .heic to .jpg?

    Pls help!

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