List of HEIF and HEVC Compatible Devices [iOS 11 & macOS High Sierra]

hevc and heif ios 11 and macos high sierra device compatibility and hardware requirements

Here is a list of all devices running iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra that are compatible with the new HEIF and HEVC media format.

Apple’s iOS 11 is out and you can download it on iPhone or iPad to get a useful new features of HEIF and HEVC codecs, both of which are aimed to save photos and videos on iOS and macOS High Sierra devices in a format that takes up less storage space while ensuring that its done without any loss in the original quality of images and videos captured by users.

Apple claims that HEIF and HEVC media formats help save up to 50% device storage space when compared to older media formats on previous iOS version. This is a game changer, especially on devices that suffer from low storage. Since Apple’s iOS devices, unlike Android, do not offer an external micro SD card slot to expand storage, that’s why this new media format on iOS 11 will be really useful in saving storage memory for other apps, games, files and data.

If you have been wondering which of Apple’s devices support new HEVC and HEIF feature and what are the hardware requirements for devices on which these two new formats can run smoothly, then see a complete list of all supported devices.

List of HEVC/HEIF Compatible iOS 11, macOS High Sierra Devices:

HEIF Encode Support

  • iOS devices with min. A10 Fusion chip and over [iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017)]

HEIF Capture Support

  • iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2017) and over

HEIF Decode Support

  • Hardware decode: iOS devices on A9 chip and over | macOS devices on 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • Software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs

HEVC Encode Support

  • 8-bit hardware encode: iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over | macOS devices with 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • 10-bit software encode: All Macs running macOS

HEVC Capture Support

  • 8-bit hardware encode: iOS devices with A10 Fusion chip and over [iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 12.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)]

HEVC Decode Support

  • 8-bit hardware decode: iOS devices with A9 chip and over | macOS devices with 6th Generation Intel Core and over
  • 10-bit hardware decode: iOS devices with A9 chip and over | macOS devices with 7th Generation Intel Core
  • 8-bit software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs
  • 10-bit software decode: All iOS devices | All Macs

Apple has rolled out final version of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra for public. Once you have successfully upgraded to latest iOS and MacOS operating system, you can refer to the list above to get a fairly good idea about any compatibility restrictions related to the new HEVC and HEIF media formats introduced by Apple.

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