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Windows 10 users might struggle with the default file format in the iOS 11 release
Apple will launch its iOS 11 operating system upgrade later today.
The new update brings a slew of new features to smartphones and tablets, including Apple Pay payments between iMessage contacts, a redesigned Control Centre menu, and improvements to its Photos app.
iPad users will also get greatly-improved multi-tasking, with users now able to drop-and-drop text, images, and files, between apps.
If the iPhone manufacturer follows the same schedule it has the last few years, it will push the button at 10am in Cupertino, California. That means iOS 11 will become available to UK users around 6pm BST.
Unfortunately, iOS 11 could prove to be a real headache for Windows 10 users.
Apple has gone all-in on a new image container named High Efficiency Image File Format, abbreviated to HEIC, on iOS 11.
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This new default format is designed to compress your photos to save space on your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
That’s likely to be an incredibly popular decision with anyone who own an Apple device with limited onboard storage (and who doesn’t fancy coughing-up for iCloud storage each month).
HEIC was developed by the team behind MPEG – a hugely-popular audio and video compression standard.
However, since HEIC is still a relatively new format, iOS users may stumble into a few compatibility issues along the way.
Thankfully, Apple will handle the majority of these behind-the-scenes without users every realising.
iOS 11 will share HEIC images as JPEGs when posting to Twitter and Facebook – so no compatibility issues there.
The transition to the image container should save storage on your iPhone
Likewise, if you plug your new iPhone into a Mac or PC to transfer images and other files across.
However, iOS 11 users could face some issues when moving photographs between their smartphone or tablet and Windows 10 device via an online back-up service.
According to The Verge, Google Photos and Dropbox both support HEIC within their apps, however, Microsoft has been a little slower on the uptake.
That will be a headache for iPhone owners who use OneDrive to get files from their smartphone to their Windows 10 device.
Since HEIC isn’t yet natively supported on Windows 10, the default Photos app will struggle to view any images taken on your iPhone.
Fortunately, it’s possible to convert your HEIC iPhone photo into a format that’s manageable for your Windows 10 computer using a number of online converter tools.
The other option is to disable HEIC on iOS 11 – which forces your Apple device to store all images as JPEG files.
iOS 11 users can disable HEIC by heading to Settings > Camera > Formats.
If you haven’t run across any problems, it’s well worth keeping High Efficiency Image File Format switched on – since it will save you plenty of storage.