Short for Apple File System, APFS recently got released with the iOS 10.3 beta, and will soon replace your Apple device’s thirty year old file system. This means your Apple Watch, iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV will all see upgrades from the HFS+ system. Bringing in new optimization for the storage technologies of today, with encryption built-in as a primary feature, Apple File System will bring a slew of new benefits to users in 2017. Let’s go over what these changes are, and what you should expect out of your favorite apps and devices.
What is Apple File System (APFS)?
Apple File System or APFS, is Apple’s new file system set to replace the current and now thirty year old HFS file system. When HFS was initially conceived, storage technology like flash drives and SSDs weren’t a norm in consumer technology. Apple believes that a smarter and more advanced file system should be implemented and APFS will become the new default file system on iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS in 2017.