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APFS: what you need to know about the new file system for Apple iOS and macOS 10.3

Since January of this year, Apple is testing iOS release 10.3, which the company introduces a new file system. A new way of organizing storage of data after Mac coming to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch. How it will benefit users of Apple devices later in our material.

What is an Apple File System (APFS)?

The Apple File System (File system”Apple”) is a private development company, which was announced last summer. It replaced the previous file system HFS+ that Apple first introduced back in 1998 the Announcement of APFS was held in June 2016 at the worldwide developers conference WWDC. Tehnoloogia was developed by Apple from scratch, and focused primarily on working with flash drives and more sophisticated encryption.

In APFS supports practically all the features of HFS+, but it more meets the requirements of modern Apple products. Unlike HFS+, it is optimized for flash and SSD, support strong encryption, the creation of “snapshots” of the system, the copy-on-write metadata, atomic primitives.

What are the advantages of APFS?

Perhaps not all users will pay attention to it, but APFS allows devices to work faster. First, a new file system, otherwise, calculates the volumes of free and occupied space, so after the transition to the APFS will be that the drive will be more. Have noticed the developers that installed on iPhone and iPad beta of iOS 10.3.

Second, APFS faster moves and copies files, and then download the OS and installing applications will leave less time. The advantages of APFS on HFS+ demonstrated at WWDC 2016 Apple engineer Eric Tamura, copying iTunes to flash drive that is formatted under the new system. When APFS has already terminated, the drive to HFS+ has continued to copy another 17 seconds.

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APFS allows you to copy during the recording of metadata, and clone files and folders and taking a snapshot of a filesystem, it has better resistance to failures, supports the joint use of space, fast cataloging, and many other features that will allow iPhone and iPad run faster and more reliable.

Release date APFS

Last Thursday was released the seventh beta version of iOS 10.3, and so the final release is not far off. Users to worry about: the new OS will automatically convert the current file system HFS+ in APFS.

APFS is designed to work with iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, so it can be installed on all Apple products. The company intends her to transfer to your device. Changing file systems should not result in the loss of user data, the company said, however, it is recommended in any case to resort to backing up information.

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