APFS: 10 things you should know about Apple’s new file system

“iOS 10.3 just went live and with it, millions of users across the world updated to an entirely new file system,” Khamosh Pathak writes for iPhone Hacks. “APFS is Apple’s new file system that will make its way to all of their major platforms.”

“APFS stands for Apple File System,” Pathak writes. “It’s Apple’s replacement for HFS+ file system and it will eventually make its way to iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS – covering everything from your Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and Apple Watch.”

“APFS focuses on low latency,” Pathak writes. “Which means that things like app launches and data delivery will be noticeably faster. This should reduce load times – the spinners on iOS and beachballs on the Mac.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A good primer.

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    1. Unfortunately, this is a hard thing to actually measure. One of the things the upgrade does is purge all cache. Further, there may be other file size reductions in iOS and Apple apps themselves.

      People are reporting all kinds of crazy space savings, but not all of it (or perhaps even any of it) may be attributable to APFS.

      1. Guess there has to be someone thinking ahead to clear all those things before the update to give info on actual space savings. Browser cache is usually a good chunk of onboard storage.

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