Apple appear iOS 10.3 last night. This update is likely the last big hurrah for iOS 10, and as expected, it came with several major enhancements. These mostly pertained to Maps, Carplay, and Siri.

One major change that’s abundantly been disregarded has been the addition of Apple’s new filesystem – APFS. It sounds boring, but it’s absolutely pretty sweet, and it’ll change how your phone works.

The addition of APFS is long overdue. iOS (and pretty much every other Apple product) uses the HFS filesystem, which was alien in 1998. This is a direct brood of the aboriginal HFS filesystem, which dates back to 1985.

Obviously, things have moved on since then. The era of automated hard drives, floppy disks, and ZIP and JAZ drives is long gone. Today’s computer is always on, is based on super-fast flash memory, and sits in your pocket.

APFS – which Apple appear at last-year’s WWDC – wipes the slate clean. It’s advised with flash accumulator in mind, and emphasizes scalability. It’ll work just as well on an Apple Watch as it will on a MacBook Pro.

From a aegis perspective, it’s miles better. APFS is advised with encryption as a headlining feature, and supports snapshots, which should make it easier to restore your iDevice should things go awry.

The new filesystem also overhauls how it calculates accessible storage. As a result, many users are advertisement seeing an access of usable accumulator space.

Apple also advised APFS to be low-latency. In the most simple of terms, this means that account and autograph files to and from the filesystem will be quicker.

But ultimately, APFS is an agitative sign of article to come, when Apple switches absolutely to 64-bit apps. It’s believed that this will happen with the absolution of iOS 11.

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