“File systems are absolutely critical and heavily used, and as a result they typically take years to harden. For Apple to write their own, they had to have a good reason,” Robin Harris writes for ZDNet. “That reason is that they wanted a single FS to run on all their devices, ranging from the high-powered Mac Pro to the tiny Apple Watch. That’s good news for developers – iOS encryption, for example, isn’t the same as on macOS.”

“APFS was architected with built-in encryption from the start,” Harris writes. “APFS will become the default file system for all Apple devices next year. Apple will provide an in-place upgrade path: you won’t have to backup and restore yor data.”

Harris writes, “APFS looks to be a solid foundation for the Apple ecosystem for the next 20 years.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: APFS has obviously been a years-long project and looks very, very promising.

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