By pushing this update to iOS 10.3 on the compatible iPhone and iPad this week, Apple has not only corrected security flaws. It was also an opportunity for the California firm to finally deploy its new file system: APFS. First good side of this rocker, everyone wins side storage.
3 days ago, Apple has deployed iOS 10.3 on hundreds of millions of compatible mobile products. If you own this type of terminal and have done the update, be aware that you have changed the file system without realizing it. It sounds like nothing, written like this, but through this security update, Apple simply put discreetly in place a palace revolution in the bowels of the iPhone and iPad, all without distress signal For internal user data. That is to say the confidence that Apple places in its system (at least for iOS) when deploying it.
Thus, by the mere magic of this update of less than a gigabyte, Apple smartphones and tablets see their storage capacity optimized to such an extent that it gains in available memory as in absolute memory. We found this on several products, be it an iPhone or an iPad. Example: An iPhone 7 Plus of 256 GB sees its absolute memory go from 248 GB to a little more than 252 GB, while the available space gains nearly 5 GB, without having touched the applications and the contents of the device. Logically, under the provisions of APFS, the greatest capacities will always be best served.
The APFS system, designed in part to make flash and SSD memories as easy as possible, is also 64-bit optimized, which will inevitably pose a problem for iOS applications that have not yet been updated on this point. Switching to iOS 10.3 gives more information to the user on this side, with an "Applications" section in the Information menu within Settings. There are listed all the applications whose compatibility with iOS is compromised in more or less short term. APFS, it is also a capacity to manage billions of billions of elements, a reorganization more logical, thus an impact on the overall performance of products affected by the update. And for the user to have a more powerful feel, Apple cheats a bit by recasting its animations and transitions (much shorter) within iOS. Visually, you get the impression that everything goes a little faster. Skillful.
The big project of Apple is not yet finished and the hardest remains to do: switch to APFS side macOS. For now, apart from hidden snippets in the developers previews, no trace of the imminent arrival of the new file system on the firm's desktop and laptop computers. Logic would like Apple to announce, or even press the button, at its next WWDC developer conference, next June, with a new version of macOS. The transition to APFS must also occur for watches connected Apple Watch.