As of iOS 11, iPhones save images with a new compression format HEIC. Now all my photos are all in this format and I'd like to import them to Mathematica but this is not a supported image filetype.

Are there any third party packages available for this?

  • $\begingroup$ Workaround: Save the pics to a folder, then they are converted to JPG. Import from this folder $\endgroup$
    – mgamer
    Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe it's worth to have a look at GPAC (gpac.wp.imt.fr). It's a package of command line tools capable of conversion from and to HEIC. I haven't tried it, though. $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 27, 2017 at 21:31
  • $\begingroup$ @mgamer I like the compression of HEIC (better than jpeg). $\endgroup$
    – M.R.
    Commented Nov 28, 2017 at 1:40
  • $\begingroup$ imazing.com/guides/how-to-convert-heic-to-jpeg $\endgroup$ Commented Nov 29, 2017 at 7:20
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    $\begingroup$ There are different types of 3-rd party software can help you view and open this kind of new format files. Fact is that both heic viewer and heic converter can do that well. See this review to know what they are: heic viewer $\endgroup$
    – Yiliayoung
    Commented Jul 9, 2018 at 11:28

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Upgrade to Mathematica version 12.1. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/format/HEIF.html


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