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.HEIC images produce xmp sidecars on import?

Nov 28, 2018
Lightroom Experience
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Classic version 8.0
Operating System
  1. macOS 10.14 Mojave
  2. iOS

I am new here - a silent reader for a while already;)
I use the Lightroom App on my iPhone and Lightroom Classic (latest version) on my mac.

I realized that when I import .HEIC files into Lightroom Classic, it creates 2 files in the Masters folder: an .HEIC file and an .xmp sidecar file. My understanding is that HEIC can handle all the metadata in the file and does not need as sidecar. Is there a way to get Lightroom to consolidate this correctly?

Many thanks and best regards,

Sep 29, 2007
Isle of Wight, UK
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
Cloud Service