Check out these settings
There are new items worth investigating in the Settings app in iPhone X. In many cases the default values are fine, but it’s important to know about the items that control how your photos and videos are recorded and moved around, and other behaviors may be worth a little tweaking.
The iPhone X rear camera is capable of recording 4K video at 60 frames per second (fps), yet the Camera app is set to record by default at a lower quality that‘s less demanding on storage space. You can switch to recording 4K at 60fps in Settings > Camera > Record Video.
Also in the Camera app’s settings, tap Formats to choose whether photos and videos use the new HEIF and HEVC (High Efficiency) formats, or the more widely used JPEG and H.264 formats (Most Compatible). To find out more about differences and considerations, read Apple Support’s article on the subject at bit.ly/mfhigheff.
The high efficiency formats use much less space, which is great news if you take a lot of photos and videos — especially if you have only a 64GB iPhone X — but you need to consider where else you might want to work with your media.
When you’ve captured media in one of the new formats and share it using AirDrop or in a message, or if you post it to a social network, then iOS will convert it to ensure compatibility. If you transfer the media to your Mac, however, you need to consider which version of macOS you have, which Mac apps you want to use, and even the method used to transfer files. For reliable results with HEIF and HEVC, you need to be using High Sierra (earlier versions don’t have support for these builtin), and the latest version of iMovie or Final Cut Pro 1.4.
If you’re transferring your media using a cable, the format depends on what you choose in Settings > Photos > Transfer to Mac or PC. If your Mac can handle HEIF and HEVC, choose Keep Originals. If you use iCloud Photo Library to send photos and videos to your Mac, uploaded media files are always stored in their original format; if your Mac can’t handle HEIF but you want to use that format for its space-saving benefits on your iPhone, you can use a utility such as iMazing HEIC Converter ( bit.ly/mfheifcnv) to convert HEIF to JPEG on your Mac for editing and sharing from there, while keeping the original for archiving.
In Settings > Display & Brightness are options to turn off “Raise to Wake” and “True Tone.” The latter adjusts on-screen colors to match ambient light, and you may want to see the true colors when editing a photo for Flickr, say. There’s a shortcut for this: press firmly on Control Center’s brightness slider to reveal it.
Apple’s Leather Folio case provides another method for waking the display or putting it to sleep: simply opening or closing the cover. You may not want the screen to turn on every time you open the cover to retrieve a bank card or notes from its inside pockets. If that’s the case (no pun intended), you can turn this option off in Settings > Display & Brightness > Lock/Unlock.
Apple’s iPhone X Leather Folio case mimics the wake-on-open/sleep-on-close behavior introduced in the 2011 iPad 2’s Smart Cover.
Using the new High Efficiency media formats has little impact on editing on your iPhone, but check whether your Mac can handle them.