HEIC and HEVC Technology Specifics

Apple’s format changes are designed to maintain image quality with more efficient use of storage space for both still images and video files.


HEIF and HEIC are interrelated. HEIF files are static images, and HEIC files are—as the name implies—containers of one or more HEIF files, and potentially other types of media like video. Apple’s Live Photos feature, which concurrently captures a photo and video of the 1.5 seconds before and after the photo, produces HEIC files.

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