WWDC 2017: iOS finally has a file manager, here's what we know about it

For the first time Apple will allow users to have access to the file system in iOS thanks to the new Files app.

At the ongoing WWDC 2017 conference, Apple announced the next iteration of its mobile operating system iOS. The new iOS 11 will arrive with the new iPhones which are expected to arrive later this year.

While the new update is going to come with some really interesting features, one of the biggest might be the file manager app simply called 'Files'. For the first time Apple will allow users to have access to the file system in iOS. This will be a huge step especially on the iPad as it will bring it one step closer to become PC replacement.

“The new Files app keeps everything in one place,” Apple said, “whether files are stored locally, in iCloud Drive or across other providers like Box, Dropbox and more, and with Drag and Drop available across the system, moving images and text is easier than ever.”

Files supports folders and comes with a search option and also a favorites tab. Apart from supporting iCloud, it will support third-party apps like Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive, Adobe Creative Cloud and more. The interface is said to be similar to Finder which is seen on the Mac. The Files app lets users organize and their files into folders and subfolders along with various file-based options as one would expect from any file-managing app.

Apart from nested folders, colored tags is also coming to the Files app. The new Drag and Drop feature which was announced for iOS 11, will also be supported. This means that users can grab items from the files app and drop them into apps like your email or a messaging app.

The new Files app is expected to be a part of the new iOS 11 update, however we still need to confirm if Apple will roll out the feature to all iOS supported iPads and iPhones.

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