Check out th­ese set­tings

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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.

Pic­ture this

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 at­eff.

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 ( to con­vert HEIF to JPEG on your Mac for edit­ing and shar­ing from there, while keep­ing the orig­i­nal for ar­chiv­ing.

Wake up

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.

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