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iOS 10.3 and APFS: why you need to make a backup before updating the device

IOS release 10.3 is in testing since January of this year. This week released the fifth beta firmware for developers that will allow them to verify correct operation of their applications in the new system. For Apple, the process of pre-testing is not less important — it helps to identify possible errors and increase the stability of the update.

One of the major innovations in iOS 10.3 will be a new file system APFS. Many users agree that the company it’s time to upgrade the file system. But many have concerns about the updates and its reliability, given past experience.

APFS 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 Apple (WWDC). APFS were developed from scratch and is focused primarily on work with flash drives and more sophisticated encryption.

As conceived by Apple, changing the file system on the iPhone and iPad should not result in the loss of user data. However, before to install iOS 10.3 is highly recommended to backup your device data using iTunes or iCloud. The transition to the new file system is an important step, the risk of losing data in case of failure greatly increases.

APFS is designed to work with iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS, so it can be installed on any gadgets of Apple. Technology 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. Also supported joint use of space and Express cataloging.

As we can see, the new file system APFS allows Apple devices to work faster.

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