In iOS11 Apple replaced the JPEG image format with the new HEIC alternative. So, what is HEIC, and what is HEIF?
HEIC is the file format name Apple has chosen for the new HEIF standard. HEIF stands for High Efficiency Image Format. It is a more streamlined way to store image files. It uses advanced, modern compression methods allowing digital photographs to be created in smaller files sizes retaining higher image quality than its JPEG predecessor. HEIF is based on the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Compression) or H.265 video format already used on newer iPhones.While HEIC is now the native automatic format of taking photos on the iPhone if you want to upload them to an image storage service it doesn’t quite recognise this relatively new format.
I have written a script that convert iPhone’s HEIC to JPG on the mac. You’d need to download this script and run it on your mac. Download > unzip and point your .HEIC file, right click and you would notice it gives you an option to convert to JPG.
Make sure you back a backup of your HEIC file in case you wish to keep the original.
Download your zip file here (78KB)
More on app can be found here. This script also works on RAW DNG files