The very new HEIC format is completely unnecessary -- just what the world needs, yet *another* image format. I've never been a fan of Apple's proprietary formats and they seem to have come up with this one in an attempt to keep up up their ongoing campaign to make people believe an Apple machine is somehow "better" than any other (and so worth it's exorbitant cost). Since it is possible to configure an Apple device to save in .JPG and since there are probably already free software HEIC-to-JPG converter apps already available, there is no reason to use this format that I can see. What? Just because Apple says so? I think not. Remember, Apple is the company who decided their users didn't need standard headphone jacks in their devices anymore (without actually asking them about that).
I'm sure Apple claims that HEIC is a "better format than JPEG" -- which it may be, but we already have a public domain image format that is "better" in some ways than .JPG and that is the .PNG format, which Gallery supports. With all the other far more important things that need to be done to upgrade Gallery, adding HEIC support would have to be pretty far down the "to do" list.
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Just so. You weren't *supposed" to realize your Apple device was defaulting to HEIC format nor was anyone else until the thing had become firmly established. I'm sure some of those dependencies you discovered in the format are for identification and tracking purposes. Sorry to sound paranoid, but like the guy in the tin hat says, "it ain't paranoia if it's true" and in a world of facial recognition surveillance the idea of millions of selfie images carrying around who knows what deep inside doesn't seem far-fetched to me ( not anymore ).
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