Adobe is committed to supporting the imaging industry and we are constantly reviewing new formats as they become adopted throughout the imaging ecosystem. We are currently reviewing our strategy to support HEIF format images, but have no immediate timelines that we can share.
One upside at least for HEIF is if you can create these image types you dont need to wait for a browser to support it because you can just upload a js script and you are good to go.
Just shaking my head as to why we are still waiting and not taking advantage of these new engines and still have to hack our way along with jpg, png and the various video formats? So much for the tech industry being on the cutting edge. I guess when you have the likes of Google, Microsoft, Adobe and Apple on the playground arguing about whose stick is bigger, nothing will ever come of this.
With the IOS 11 beta, Apple has changed the photo format from JPG to HEIC. This is a different file format that Lightroom currently doesn't support.
It would be a good idea to jump on the new file format quickly before the world upgrades to IOS 11 in the fall and suddenly realizes they can't view their photos in Windows, and can't edit their photos in Lightroom.
The new firmware for the phones (IOS 11) is going to be released very shortly (9/19/2017). I have been running this firmware in test mode on my phone for a while now and I have been very happy with the upgrade. There are a few things you should be aware of before you upgrade to the new firmware.
In an effort to save storage space on your phone Apple has embraced a new photo format – HEIF. This “high efficiency” format compresses your photos more than the standard JPG format while keeping similar quality. This is a great new feature, BUT...Windows, apps, programs all need to be updated to support this brand new image format. If you take HEIF pictures and transfer to a computer you may not be able to view the photos or use them on your computer.
I suggest you disable this new format for now, until the industry has caught up and embraces the new format. Follow these instructions to disable this feature:
- Open Settings > Camera > Formats > Camera Capture
- Set the option for Most Compatible
Since the introduction of iOS 11 users can choose to store their photos using the new HEIC format which is more efficient than JPEG.
Lightroom for mobile has currently only very limited support for them and in particular it converts images to JPEGs before uploading them to CC.
This would be ok but unfortunately there is a bug - during the conversion process between HEIC and JPEG all the photo metadata is stripped out and lost.
This is totally independent from the configuration setting with regards to metadata sharing.
I can reproduce this bug always and also if I turn off HEIC the problem goes away.
Look, I know you're "reviewing strategies" wrt supporting HEIF/HEIC etc, but this is getting a bit silly - we know the iPhone is just about the most popular camera in the world, and to not support (a non-proprietary standard, no less) the format it uses is a bit ridiculous.