iOS 11 Automatically Updates Camera Format To High Efficiency If All Connected Devices Are Compatible

ios 11 camera format changed to high efficiency prompt

iOS 11 Camera format changed to High Efficiency prompt.

We’ve previously reported that iOS 11 features the new High Efficiency photo and video formats also known as HEIF and HEVC which allow supported iPhones and iPads to snap high quality photos and 4k video captures, while using only 50% of the space normally required by a media file coded in the JPEG and MPEG-4 formats. This allows iOS device owners to shoot and store more media files than ever before!

What’s the downside you might ask? The only side effect is that HEIF and HVEC aren’t energy friendly unless they’re included as hardware encoders in the iPhone’s and iPad’s chips. Apple’s 2017 flagships include this hardware bump and this is one of the reasons why Apple has enabled 4K video recording at 60 fps for the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X models.

iOS 11 Auto Enables HEIF / HEVC
In iOS 11 High Efficiency Camera format can be manually enabled from the Settings app. All that you have to do is browse for Settings -> Camera -> Formats and tap on High Efficiency. However, if your other Apple devices aren’t compatible with HEIF and HEVC, the files will be exported as JPEG / H.264 in order to avoid playback problems.
TIL: The interesting feature uncovered just a while ago, is that iOS 11 is able to automatically shift for the High Efficiency Camera format if it detects that all iOS devices associated with an Apple ID are HEIF and HEVC compatible.

Example: iOS 11 on my iPhone prompted me that it automatically changed Camera format to High Efficiency after detecting that I upgraded my Mac on to the High Sierra macOS!

Tip: Visit our iOS 11 section for more info regarding the 11th iOS generation!