• iOS 11 Gets a Native File Manager



    Congratulations, Apple fans! Your iOS 11-powered device looks to be less like an electronic appliance and more like a proper pocket computer. According to The Next Web one of the many features coming to the new version of Apple's smartphone OS is a native file manager; The Verge's reporting on the same story points to a placeholder listing for an app called "Files" on the App Store.

    You might think that such a basic utility would be a prerequisite for any modern smartphone, but in my experience that hasn't been the case. Android only recently added file managing functionality, buried in your device settings—you can access it by navigating to Settings > Storage > Explore. Some OEM Android ROMs, like Oxygen OS on my OnePlus 3, do have their own native file managers, as do the majority of custom ROMs (at least the ones I've tried). And there are, of course, a variety of third-party file managers available on both Google Play and the App Store.

    It must also be remembered that with the iPhone Apple brought smartphones to the masses, and along with it the danger of overwhelming new users with features that they may not need, at least not right away. Conversely, anyone who has ever used a desktop computer should be able to grasp the relatively easy concept of browsing files on a device.

    Here's a question for iPhone users reading this: what have you been using for file management up to now?

    Sources: The Next Web, The Verge

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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. sims's Avatar
      sims -
      I don't use an iPhone but I use an iPod touch and iPad I've been using iFile for years.
    1. Doolie's Avatar
      Doolie -
      I have been using Apple's own iCloud Drive for years. It works nicely with all my apps at least. I also backup all my photos on my personal home cloud drive and use that also for storage. Having to have a "file system" or some type of file management app to do any of this hasn't been needed with iOS with in app sharing and iCloud Drive.
    1. sims's Avatar
      sims -
      Quote Originally Posted by Doolie View Post
      I have been using Apple's own iCloud Drive for years. It works nicely with all my apps at least. I also backup all my photos on my personal home cloud drive and use that also for storage. Having to have a "file system" or some type of file management app to do any of this hasn't been needed with iOS with in app sharing and iCloud Drive.
      Last I checked you still couldn't download files with safari on iOS and to open a file in one application in another it had to copy the file from one application to the other instead of just opening the file from its current location. Maybe this means they plan to finally tackle both issues?
    1. NotABiot's Avatar
      NotABiot -
      "It must also be remembered that with the iPhone Apple brought smartphones to the masses,"

      Steve Jobs may have re-written history, but smartphones were already selling quite well to the phone buying masses when the first iPhone came out.

      In fact, during the iPhone's first year, it was another smartphone that outsold the iPhone.
    1. NotABiot's Avatar
      NotABiot -
      Question, for anyone who knows about this: Will this enable someone to attach an IOS device to a PC or Mac and access the files on the iPhone or iPad like it was a thumb drive?
    1. Doolie's Avatar
      Doolie -
      Quote Originally Posted by sims View Post
      Last I checked you still couldn't download files with safari on iOS and to open a file in one application in another it had to copy the file from one application to the other instead of just opening the file from its current location. Maybe this means they plan to finally tackle both issues?
      I don't use Safari. I use iCab browser that does allow you to download.

      iCab Mobile (Web Browser) by Alexander Clauss https://appsto.re/us/mKwxs.i

      That is why I use iCloud Drive. You can save your files there and then open them with other apps that support it.

      https://www.apple.com/icloud/icloud-drive/

      For a while now, a few years, you have been able to long press and save an attachment to iCloud Drive, which should work with Safari also, if not there are third party options are pretty great.

      https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-s...ped_fragment_=
    1. Doolie's Avatar
      Doolie -
      Quote Originally Posted by NotABiot View Post
      "It must also be remembered that with the iPhone Apple brought smartphones to the masses,"

      Steve Jobs may have re-written history, but smartphones were already selling quite well to the phone buying masses when the first iPhone came out.

      In fact, during the iPhone's first year, it was another smartphone that outsold the iPhone.
      It was a few other smartphones that were outselling the iPhone in 2007. In 2008, things started to change with Apple sales up, Apple was the fastest selling smartphone. http://fortune.com/2009/03/12/iphone...-2008-gartner/