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    How to open HEIC files in Windows

    HEIC file support is coming to Windows 10, but in the meantime here’s how to convert HEIC files to JPG, and also how to force your iPhone to save JPG images instead of HEIC. We explain how to open iOS 11 photos on a Windows PC.

    What is an HEIC file?

    If you copy photos from a recent iPhone or iPad to a PC or laptop, chances are you’ll see a lot of strange HEIC files


    HEIC is the new file type for photos in iOS 11. That's for iPhones and iPads with an A9 processor or newer, so iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, iPad Pro models and the recent 2017 iPad 9.7.



    HEIC is another name for HEIF, which is short for High Efficiency Image Format. It’s the still image version of HEVC, which is the latest video codec.


    It was developed by MPEG – not Apple - so it's not Apple trying to do its own proprietary thing. In fact, HEIC could very well usurp the established (but old and flawed) JPG format.
    Essentially, there are lots of benefits of using HEIF, even if it is a bit confusing that the file is called HEIC rather than HEIF on Apple devices.

    Here’s why HEIC files are great:

    • Around half the size of JPG for the same quality
    • Can store multiple photos in one file (ideal for Live Photos and bursts)
    • Supports transparency like GIF files
    • Can store image edits, such as cropping and rotating so you can undo them
    • Support 16-bit colour vs JPG’s 8-bit




    Right now, we don’t know of any photo editor that supports the files (Photoshop doesn’t, and there aren't yet any plug-ins). Windows’ own Photos app doesn’t recognise them either.
    What you can do is convert HEIC files to JPG using a free app (such as iMazing HEIC Converter or Apowersoft's HEIC to JPG converter) or an online converter such as HEIC to JPG.
    If you download iMazing converter, you'll get a small app which lets you drag and drop files and choose whether to convert them to JPG or PNG, as well as the output folder.



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