App Store listing suggests iOS 11 will finally let users access the file system

App Store listing suggests iOS 11 will finally let users access the file system
Apple's WWDC 2017 is just a few hours from now, and the company is, presumably, doing some last-minute preparations for what we expect to be several big announcements. As evidence, we present the short-lived (for now) listing of an Apple-made iOS app called "Files".

For those not aware, iOS has thus far taken a hard stance against letting users access the file system, so as to simplify the overall user experience. And while the question whether this is a good or bad decision is still open, all facts point to it being overturned with the release of iOS 11.

Also, the app reportedly requires iOS version 11.0 or higher, meaning it relies on functionality current iOS versions lack, further solidifying this theory. Unfortunately, we don't yet know what the app will look like, as the listing seems to have been simply a placeholder. Its icon, though, a blue file folder, seems pretty indicative of its intended purpose.

Knowing Apple's ways, though, one shouldn't expect full, unfettered access to their device's hard drive – not even Android offers that (without root, that is). Instead, what we're likely to see is a new, user-accessible section which will contain essential files such as photos and music, and to which app developers will have access to, should they choose to. Or in other words, a more convenient way of doing the same things we have been able to thus far.

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49 Comments

2. Nopers unregistered

That's it Apple! Shamelessly copy all the Android features. Seriously. Do it. As an iOS user having access to local files gets me hard, I hope they merge it with iCloud too like on macOS. Split screen might be nice on plus models too but I won't get my hopes up.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Everybody copies everyone. Deal with it.

10. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

You should tell that to the Apple fanboys when they hear Samsung or another OEM chooses a similar paint job LOL :D Or have the same dual camera set up ;)

24. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If they were smart enough it wouldn't have required me to tell them.

31. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sadly they aren't. All fanboys I mean, not just the ones mentioned.

15. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

By that, android copied symbian too. Anyway, its not a copy, its just a natural feature they should have put a long time ago and a natural evolution of ios at this point.

21. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

How could you? Google invented it on android, then they went back in time and patented it and licensed it to windows, mac, Symbian, Maemo, blackberry, and now on iOS. Google is king, google is chuck norris

30. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"its just a natural feature they should have put a long time ago and a natural evolution of ios at this point. Letting users access the file system is natural evolution? LMAO... It's clearly more like playing catch up. SMH.

12. whatev

Posts: 2087; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Yeah, I know google invented files system, even the one used on macOS, windows and old systems like Symbian and Maemo, praise google! #not smh

38. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5474; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

While his comment is idiotic, there is a difference between a file manager and a file system. He never claimed Apple was copying a file system.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3778; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Baby steps to being functional and productive! Nice!

5. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

What you say now TROLLS???

7. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

You chill with your 5s . Shoo shoo.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2460; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Why don't u leave this piyath guy alone?

19. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Because he's a racist price.

20. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Prick*

33. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Stfu P o Sh1t.

42. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3088; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Soon you will be banned along with the banned racist account. Get rekt.

22. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Why don't you and him put an end to your ridiculous trolling and double standards?

11. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

I say about time jesus I had a galaxy S2 back in 2012 that had this and god only know when other OEMs had it too. Now 5 years later Apple is getting this? And it still won't be as open as the Android way so don't get too carried away.

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Whats to say. Its not gonna be like it is on Windows or Android, or even Linux for that matter. Its gonna be pretty much like the DCIM folder. You can more files to it, and uou can likely point other apps to it. But you likely wont see any other directories. Its not not be an open file system. Its gonna be a folder with permissions set for you to use it...just like the DCIM folder. May sure you save this post.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Took long enough. 10 years to have something Windows, Android, and other platforms had on day one.

8. Podrick

Posts: 1283; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Finally! Good news.

9. Foxgabanna

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

If this happens screw this S8. Beautiful phone but terrible software experience (TouchWiz).

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

S8 has Samsung Experience, not touchwiz. It's another thing they both have mostly styling differences.

13. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Finally. Next innovation is apps drawer and widgets lol.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

iOS 10 already has widgets.

40. cmdacos

Posts: 3778; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Not even remotely the same.

17. FlySheikh

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Finally.. I can go back.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2869; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So you changed OS because of a file manager?

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