The new HEIC file extension is found as the extension for the photos made on devices with iOS 11 or higher and with an A9 processor or higher. Images in HEIC format could be found on iPhone 6s or later and the 9.7 iPad from 2017 or later.
The HEIC type of file, coming from HEIF Format, is an acronym for High Efficiency Image Format, was developed by the MPEG group, well known for audio and video formats developer, such as MP3 and MP4.
As the new imaging standard for iOS 11 devices, HEIC was designed to replace the JPG format.
Important note: prior to Windows 10 April 2018 update HEIC files could not be opened in Windows without special application. But after Windows 10 April 2018 update came out you can just click on the HEIC file in question and it will open in Windows Photos app successfully.
If you downloaded a HEIC file on Android device you can open it by following steps below:
To open HEIC File on iOS device follow steps below:
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