I have been using Adobe Lightroom to archive my iPhone images for quite a few years now since it lets me keep them organized by date along with the images I take with my DSLRs. I can also process them in Lightroom on my computer which gives me more latitude for image editing than I would get from phone apps as well as the advantage of the larger screen. Just before heading down to the southern Oregon coast last week I upgraded my laptop to the newest version of both Photoshop as well as Lightroom. While I was on the road last week I downloaded some images from my iPhone along with dumping in the SD card from my DSLR after a hike as usual. While looking at what I had harvested for the day I was surprised to note that all of the imported iPhone images had a file type of .HEIC. I decided to do some quick searches to figure out what had just happened. HEIC is a container file format that Apple started using internal to the iPhone as of iOS 11 in 2017. This is based on the HEIF (High Efficiency Image Format - AKA H.265) standard that comes from the MPEG standards folks. Microsoft also adopted this standard for storing images in Windows 10. In iOS Apple has been converting this file format into jpegs before exporting them for applications that do not request the new format. Adobe apparently did adopt support for this standard a couple of years ago but as of this most recent set of updates to PS/LR/ACR it is now the default for files imported from iPhones. This may also apply to images imported from Android phones although I do not have an Android phone to test this on. From my brief time playing around with the .HEIC images it looks like these are closer to our DSLR RAW files than to the jpegs when it comes to manipulating the images in either LR or ACR. The jpegs are seriously lacking when it comes to even marginally challenging dynamic range conditions. Here is the shot that made me look twice to make sure it had really come out of my iPhone 7. I was checking to see the .jpg file name instead of .CR2 when I first noted the .HEIC file extension. The location is Secret Beach and I was just taking a set of quick snapshots to record the overall scene: This is what inspired me to try pointing my DSLR right into bright sunlight last week - I decided if an older iPhone can shoot with this kind of light my DSLR must be able to do it as well. Is anyone else playing around with this file format from their phones? It seems like a pretty significant upgrade from the jpeg files I have been playing with through the years.