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Apple iOS 11’s New Camera Formats Will Let You Store More Photos On Your iPhone
By Izza Sofia, 19 Jun 2017
Thanks to the iPhone’s ability to shoot 4K videos and take high-resolution photos, even users with 128GB of storage can quickly find themselves running low on space.
In an effort to lighten the load, iOS 11 will incorporate brand new camera formats that will help to free up precious storage space on the iPhone. Originally introduced at WWDC, the two new formats—HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) and HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format)—will offer iOS users much better compression without sacrificing photo quality.
Apple’s Craig Federeghi boasted that compression with the new photo formats is two times better than what currently exists on iOS. In other words, iOS 11 will allow you to store more photos.
Greg Barbosa of 9to5Mac recently decided to put Apple’s bold photo storage claims to the test.
When comparing two photos—one taken normally and the other taken with Apple’s newly adopted format—Barbosa found that the the former checked in at 2MB while the latter weighed in at a much lighter 1.2MB. With many iPhone owners taking hundreds of photos, those storage savings can add up quickly.
Additionally, iOS 11 makes it easier for users to search out and delete conversations, photos, and attachments that can take up a lot of space.
[via PetaPixel, opening image via Apple]
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