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New HEIF and HEVC still im­age and video for­mats in iOS 11 take up less stor­age space on your de­vice. They roughly dou­ble the amount you’re able to store. Cap­tur­ing me­dia us­ing them re­quires an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus or later, a 10.5-inch iPad Pro, or a sec­ond­gen­er­a­tion 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which have A10/M10 or A11 Fu­sion/M11 chips that en­able hard­ware en­cod­ing.

Choose the for­mat that’s used in Set­tings > Cam­era > For­mats. Pick High Ef­fi­ciency for the new for­mats; Most Com­pat­i­ble is good to en­sure files work with other apps and work­flows re­ly­ing on older for­mats — par­tic­u­larly use­ful if you use a Mac app that doesn’t work with HEIF/HEVC. When you share HEIF/ HEVC con­tent to a des­ti­na­tion whose sup­port for it is un­clear, iOS 11 will au­to­con­vert it to a more com­pat­i­ble for­mat, which im­poses a slight de­lay — a progress in­di­ca­tor is shown.

Older iOS de­vices can view, edit and du­pli­cate HEIF and HEVC files, but their hard­ware lim­its the res­o­lu­tion and frame rate of video they can work with. If the hard­ware in your de­vice sup­ports HEIF/ HEVC en­cod­ing, set them as the de­fault to save space, or opt for older for­mats for broader compatibility.

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