With iOS 11, your photos and videos take up half the space

We continue with the iOS 11 hangover, the new operating system presented last Tuesday and since yesterday available for download. Among so many new features and improvements, we find one that is going unnoticed, but that nevertheless has a fundamental importance when it comes to storing our digital contents.

What’s it about?

Well, no more and no less than a new image and video format that has the particularity of taking up considerably less space than the famous and standardized JPG. We are talking about the well-known ones such as HEIF and HEVC , with better results and lower storage costs.

How does it work?

With iOS 11, your photos and videos take up half the space
With iOS 11, your photos and videos take up half the space

HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format, which is a more efficient way to store images with much less quality loss . It makes use of renewed compression methods, resulting in a more compressed and higher quality image compared to a JPG.

HEVC or High Efficiency Video Coding is the equivalent in video format and we also get better results with more space efficiency. As you can see, it only has advantages.

The HEIF system allows images to be stored in 10-bit format, when one in JPG format does so in 8-bit. This means that they are saved with more colour depth and the feeling of realism is much greater.

By incorporating these new image formats, Apple can continue to improve photo and video quality, while requiring almost half the storage. Imagine that at the time you bought a low capacity device, now you don’t have to be so concerned about how much memory you have left .

By making the switch to High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and High Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF), Apple is helping us create much better digital content.

What does it mean to me?

Basically you will save 50 percent on storage when taking pictures and videos with the iOS 11 camera application.

How do I activate it?

It’s very simple, you have to access Settings>Camera>Formats and activate the capture mode that appears as “High Efficiency”. This way, every time you shoot with the camera all your photos and videos will be saved in these new formats.

We hope we have helped you to be more clear about these concepts and how they can help you to improve your photographs and on the way, save storage space . Don’t miss out on everything that’s happening with iOS 11 and its new features. See you in the next post. See you soon!

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