Apple introduces in their mobile devices, the new file system APFS (Apple File System), announced within WWDC last summer. It will come with iOS 10.3 to replace HFS+, introduced in 2001.
“When you updated to iOS 10.3, your iOS device will update the file system on the Apple File System (APFS). This transition will preserve existing data on your device. However, as with all software upgrades, it is recommended to create a backup of your data before upgrading,” – said in the Apple.
APFS developed by Apple from scratch with an eye on solid state drives and other storage devices based on flash memory, and data encryption. It supports copy-on-write metadata, clone files and directories, as well as “snapshots” of the system, atomic primitives, and many other features that will allow iPhone and iPad to run faster.
“The Apple File System is a new modern file system for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. It is optimized for Flash drives/SSD, supports powerful encryption, copy-on-write metadata, sharing space, copying files and directories, images, fast change directory, fast cataloging” – say at Apple.
The transition to the APFS will provide a substantial increase in device performance and testers iOS 10.3 already noted this fact.
Apple plans massive introduction file system APFS in 2017. The system is scalable and can be used on any devices, from “smart” hours running watchOS and iOS gadgets, ending with the Mac Pro.