“Back in June, Apple announced its new upcoming file system: APFS, or Apple File System,” Adam H. Leventhal reports for Ars Technica. “I myself badge-swapped my way into the [WWDC] conference just to get that first glimpse of Apple’s first original filesystem in the 30+ years since HFS.”

“Apple already appears to be making good on its promise with the revelation that the forthcoming iOS 10.3 will use APFS,” Leventhal reports. “With APFS taking the next step, I decided to check back in on snapshots.”

“Snapshot are going to be a powerful feature of APFS. Beyond creating snapshots, mounting them, and reverting volumes to earlier snapshots, they have the potential to form the basis for an efficient and robust backup systems,” Leventhal reports. “Apple (or a third party!) could arrange for snapshots to be taken periodically and then backup files changed between snapshots when a backup device is available. That could be a disk in your house or a cloud service from Apple, Dropbox, Google, or someone else. With its unknown utilities and unpublished APIs, Apple has already enabled a whole new collection of backup tools.”
Much more in the full article – recommendedhere.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s very encouraging to see the pace with which Apple is moving on APFS. Moving to a modern, unified file system across all devices will help Apple move faster, with fewer errors. A replacement for HFS+ is long overdue!

SEE ALSO:
What you need to know about APFS, Apple’s next-gen file system for Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, and Mac – February 6, 2017
Apple’s iOS 10.3: A very, very important upgrade – January 25, 2017
APFS: What Apple’s new Apple File System means to you – June 24, 2016
APFS: New Apple File System promises more speed, flexibility, reliability – June 17, 2016
The feds’ll hate this: Apple’s new APFS file system ‘engineered with encryption as a primary feature’ – June 14, 2016
Buh-bye HFS+, hello APFS (Apple File System) for macOS! – June 14, 2016
Apple can do better than Sun’s ZFS – October 26, 2009
Apple discontinues ZFS project, turns attention to own next-gen file system – October 24, 2009
Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server’s ZFS goes MIA – June 9, 2009