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Apple ‘Files’ app for iOS 11 briefly appears before WWDC

by Killian Bell | June 5, 2017June 5, 2017 5:09 am PST

A new Apple “Files” app designed for iOS 11 briefly appeared on the App Store ahead of WWDC today. Its listing offered no description, however, it’s thought the app will finally bring true file management to iPhone and iPad with Apple’s next-generation software.

WWDC 2017 kicks off later today, with Apple’s big keynote scheduled for 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EDT). In addition to possible updates to the MacBook Pro and a new 10.5-inch iPad, Apple will deliver its very first preview of iOS 11 alongside big updates for watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.

We know very little about these software updates right now due to a distinct lack of leaks this year, but thanks to one App Store listing, a big feature for iOS 11 has been revealed early. iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith was first to notice the new Files app, which was live for a short time before being pulled by Apple.

Unfortunately, there were no screenshots or a description for the app, and no one could download it because it requires iOS 11. But based on its name and icon, it appears to be a file manager — like Finder in macOS — that will finally give iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users more control over the data stored on their devices.

Many iOS users have been begging for a true file manager — like those available on Android — since the platform’s introduction way back in 2007. Third-party iOS apps have offered this kind of functionality, but with big limitations. Files could finally be the solution we’ve been waiting for.

We’ll be covering the WWDC keynote as it unfolds today, so keep an eye on TechnoBuffalo for updates on iOS 11 and everything else Apple has to show off.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...