Apple Announces New 'Files' App Coming With iOS 11

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As predicted, Apple today announced a new iOS 11 app called Files at its WWDC Keynote in San Jose, California.


    The new Files app for iOS brings together files and documents stored in the cloud across various apps and services, including third-party cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive.
    With an interface similar to Finder on the Mac, Files for iOS lets users organize and structure their files with proper folders and subfolders, with various file-based options available at a touch.

    Earlier today, a new placeholder app listing for a "Files" app appeared on the iOS App Store. iOS 11 is expected to be released by Apple in the fall.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New 'Files' App Coming With iOS 11
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Much welcomed and much needed. Apple Listened on this one. I like iCloud drive, but this is going to be extremely useful for dropbox and Google drive.
  3. Sefstah macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2015
  4. BWhaler macrumors 68020


    Jan 8, 2003
    Needs to force open and save in place so we are not making copies of files to send to apps—Like DropBox's crappy implementation. Also, will in-app file selectors be updated too? It's too confusing and different in every single app handles file opening and management differently.
  5. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
  6. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    Still no setting default apps, thanks but I'll stick with Android.
  7. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    A step in the right direction.

    This will take a few iterations untils it truly shines, but at long last they listened and acknowledged that proper file management is crucial to professional workflows.

    Hell, even in many casual situations this makes lives just way easier.

    We're still FAR off iPad replacing Mac and I doubt it will ever happen, but to not artificially hold back either from overlapping the other is the better long term strategy I think.

    Kudos to Apple for this one. A very welcome change!

    Glassed Silver:mac
  8. itsmilo macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2016
    will it make another copy for each and every app though or can i finally edit ONE file with whatever app like it was for 20+ years on every computer ever.

    So far it seems just like Documents 6
  9. willgreene99 macrumors regular


    Dec 16, 2010

    Agree with this.

    At first glance, it does appear Apple has placed a wrapper around the file system with this initial implementation. It's like a pseudo file system that forces us to work within the confines of their construct. I think it will be welcomed, but hope that future iterations will get closer to an experience similar to Mac OS.
  10. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Agreed, although the placeholder listing that was on the App Store earlier was universal. I would hope there's an iPhone version too. I mean, what would they do - keep the iCloud Drive app for the iPhone but this new Files app for the iPad? That would be kind of annoying...
  11. One Bad Duck macrumors member

    One Bad Duck

    Sep 18, 2005
    Steve Jobs: "If you see a file system, we failed..."

    He wasn't right about everything.
  12. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
    What about downloading files in safari. This is the only reason to keep a Mac now.
  13. jjsagona macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    It looks more like an app unifying cloud based storage services (iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive, Box). Is there actually any access to files on the iPad or just more unified synchronization of application data on iCloud?
  14. Kabeyun macrumors 65816


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    This looks fantastic. That it pulls together various sources including Google Drive and, especially, Dropbox, is killer. Well done.
  15. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    It supports spring loaded folders, local files (images, movies, documents, ...) and so on. It is like a macOS "Finder" in iOS. It supports additional cloud services, yes, and I think this will come to High Sierra in fall 17'.
  16. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I could see them implementing it for an iPhone Plus. But on smaller screens it might be clunkier to use. I'm really glad though, that Apple has just made my iPad Pro a lot more useful. And I love the new dock!
  17. jsavvy macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2011
  18. DrumApple macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    Everyone thinks they're bringing an actual file system to the iPad - Files is nothing more than an app for other [Cloud] apps :D
  19. DeepIn2U macrumors 601


    May 30, 2002
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    I sold my last IP6S and lost a LOT of significant and personal pictures that I thought iCloud or iPhone backed up. Having DropBox/'s duplication feature is BONUS for me personally as that is where I keep my super personal memories. This allows me NOT to be locked into 1 platform. I loved OSX this refined MacOS just kinda looks odd to me. I use both Windows and Mac so I need to be platform agnostic.
  20. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    Yeah, because that's the most deciding factor when selecting a tool for the job to be done. Uh huh.

    Have fun with your knockoffs.
  21. Dave-Z macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    That's what I'd like to know, too. I don't use those other file services so WebDAV support would be great. (Not holding my breath.)
  22. mdelvecchio macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2010
    You misunderstand. iOS and iPad already have a file system. You just dont get to see much of it. That won't be changing.
  23. DrumApple macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2009
    I understand completely. I guess the correct statement is: iOS still doesn't support saving files locally and must use a Cloud storage service.
  24. bknida macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2014
    --- Post Merged, Jun 5, 2017 ---
    I noticed an "on my iPad" in the column- I want to know if this will access third party apps like Word, etc for locally saved files ...

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