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Apple's New iOS File Manager Coming This Fall As Part of iOS 11 (arstechnica.com) 63

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Apple announced the new file manager today. A demo showed that the application will provide access to local files and files in cloud storage services such as Dropbox, iCloud Drive, and Box. It will support nested folders, favorites, search, tags, and a list view in which files can be sorted by size and date. You'll also be able to drag and drop with other applications, for example by dragging an attachment from e-mail into the file manager. The new manager will be part of iOS 11, shipping this fall.
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Apple's New iOS File Manager Coming This Fall As Part of iOS 11

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  • by subk ( 551165 ) on Monday June 05, 2017 @06:10PM (#54555261)
    Hows about next year saving up all the action and dropping one article at the end of the day? Mmmkay?
    • by Jeremi ( 14640 ) on Monday June 05, 2017 @07:24PM (#54555745) Homepage

      It was either irritate you, or irritate the "old news, this was already reported at xyz.com over 8 hours ago" guy, and it's your turn this week.

    • Hows about next year saving up all the action and dropping one article at the end of the day? Mmmkay?

      Hey, man, I don't use Apple gear anymore, but WWDC is once a year, and I know how to scroll past stuff I'm not interested in.

      I'll never understand why some people feel compelled to open every article posted. OCD is treatable, m'kay?

  • wow so a feature every other OS has had in both mobile and desktop version for years. The sad part is one news site had this and their new copy cat home speaker thingie as ground breaking in innovations, shows what a blinkered and sad world some journalists live in.
    • Welcome to the world of the Apple Fanboi
    • This was native to BB10 back 4.5 years ago. It makes the phone usable out of the box without having to install apps. When my sister in law asked for my help downloading meditation mp3's on her iPhone, I was floored how that wasn't possible and needed an app and a fuckload of hassle. Wasted 30+ minutes and the app store was a fucking nightmare, reprompting to login to Apple over and over.
  • by OrangeTide ( 124937 ) on Monday June 05, 2017 @09:59PM (#54556763) Homepage Journal

    Holy shit that's amazing. First iPhone gets cut and paste, and now a drag and drop file manager, it's like 1984 all over again.

  • by Etcetera ( 14711 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @12:23AM (#54557241) Homepage

    The depressing thing is thinking back to how many Millennials have never used a Spatial Finder [arstechnica.com] at all... like ever.

    *sigh* They probably don't remember Sad Mac icons either :(

    Yes, get off my lawn.

    • As a 25-yo OS-phile, I'm proud to say, yes, i've used spatial file managers in win95, MacOS Classic, Haiku/BeOS and Amiga .

      They suck.
      • Saint Jobs said people had better things to do than tidy up their desktop. So no file manager for youuuu...

    • (Gen X here) I grew up with spacial file managers and was resistant to their supplantation with single window managers, but I must admit the major reason for them - getting people to intuitively understand the concept of a hierarchical file space and a file's position within it - is no longer as important as it was.

      There are two major reasons: one, people are much more computer literate these days. And in my experience, people who have been resistant to learning about computers until now are just never g

  • I hope the api is open so that people can build their own in... something like ownCloud ?

    webdav can be useful and caching would be great... conflict resolution with dropbox/icloud/box is going to be fun...

    anyone seen the API ?


    John Jones

  • Now my $900 iPad Pro can have the same functionality as my $350 Chromebook... almost. I still can't run a full desktop OS in a chroot jail on the iPad Pro, but I guess... now I can look at the files? So... that's good?

    Not that I don't love my iPad Pro; I do, but... come on, Apple, your whole excuse for not giving us a file manager from the very start was security. I suppose you don't care about that anymore? That, or that excuse was a load of crap (yup) and you figured out a way to provide a file manager
  • Seriously, they only thought to do this now?

    Apple is ridiculous. Who else would introduce basic functionality ten years late and call it innovation?

    • by Bongo ( 13261 )

      It's not innovation, it's giving in to people.

      IIRC they said ages ago that people struggle as soon as they hit a file manager.
      So, being simpler, the iPad was something even grandma could use.

      But in the subsequent years, nobody invented anything better, and we're all still emailing round attachments like it's 1992.
      And services like DropBox are becoming their own ecosystem.

      So damn it, chuck in a file manager and move on.

      • Ah, that's Apple for you. Some people struggle with file managers, so don't have one at all. Forget the people who expect one (and wouldn't struggle), provide only features for the lowest common denominator.

        When I first got an iPhone, I went nuts looking for the file manager. The idea that there wouldn't be one never crossed my mind. When I found out that I'd have to jailbreak it to get one I was dumbfounded. It was like I was dealing with a car with forward and back buttons instead of pedals and a s

    • Seriously, they only thought to do this now?

      Apple is ridiculous. Who else would introduce basic functionality ten years late and call it innovation?

      No, it's courage.

  • by Cro Magnon ( 467622 ) on Tuesday June 06, 2017 @08:53AM (#54559231) Homepage Journal

    I've had an iPad for years. It boots fast, it's portable, and less hassle than my laptop. Yet, when I want to do anything, I fire up the laptop. Of the shortcomings of the tablet, the lack of a file system was the biggest.

  • I mean hierarchical filesystems have been around a very very long time.
  • Everyone is freaking out about how they're so late to the party, what about security, etc etc, but lets hold on a sec.

    Has anyone *actually* see this tool in operation? Does it *actually* expose the local file system, or does it just display files from applications that tie into some "File Manager" API?

    I'm going to reserve judgement until I've actually seen this thing in action.

    Also, I just want to say that anyone making fun of Apple's previous refusal to make the raw file system accessible to users, has cl

    • It makes me think of the Atari ST. (I don't know about original and black and white Macs as those were more of a rarity)

      The primary or even only way to interact with it was the file system, which was very simple : icon for the A drive on the desktop, double-click it, a window opens with an icon for each file. Only other way to do things was the top menu bar, "stolen" from Macintosh.
      But as the entire OS and GUI are in ROM, the file manager only dealt with user files and external programs stored on floppies.

I bet the human brain is a kludge. -- Marvin Minsky