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

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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.
The new Files app keeps everything in one place, whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more, and with Drag and Drop available across the system, moving images and text is easier than ever.
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
 
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BWhaler

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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.
 
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Glassed Silver

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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!

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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
 
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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.


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.
 
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boston04and07

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A shame that it is apparently iPad-only.

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...
 
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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?
 
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Kabeyun

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This looks fantastic. That it pulls together various sources including Google Drive and, especially, Dropbox, is killer. Well done.
 
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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?
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'.
 
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A shame that it is apparently iPad-only.
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!
 
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Everyone thinks they're bringing an actual file system to the iPad - Files is nothing more than an app for other [Cloud] apps :D
 
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DeepIn2U

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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.

I sold my last IP6S and lost a LOT of significant and personal pictures that I thought iCloud or iPhone backed up. Having DropBox/Box.net'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.
 
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mdelvecchio

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Everyone thinks they're bringing an actual file system to the iPad - Files is nothing more than an app for other [Cloud] apps :D
You misunderstand. iOS and iPad already have a file system. You just dont get to see much of it. That won't be changing.
 
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DrumApple

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You misunderstand. iOS and iPad already have a file system. You just dont get to see much of it. That won't be changing.
I understand completely. I guess the correct statement is: iOS still doesn't support saving files locally and must use a Cloud storage service.
 
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As predicted, Apple today announced a new iOS 11 app called Files at its WWDC Keynote in San Jose, California.

f1496689230-800x248.jpg

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
[doublepost=1496694481][/doublepost]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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