Apple Files App for iOS 11 Hints at Mac-like Document Organizing for iPhone

iOS Files app may be a file management system for the iPhone and iPad

A place holder for an Apple app dubbed Files appeared temporarily on App Store ahead of this morning’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event. The listing didn’t include any details beyond requiring iOS 11 and a 64-bit processor, but its temporary appearance could be a sign that Apple is going to give us more control over file management on our iPhones and iPads.

iOS Files app may be a file management system for the iPhone and iPad
Apple may be bringing file management to iOS 11

The app place holder was on the App Store long enough for developer Steven Troughton-Smith to find it and snap a screenshot to share on Twitter.

Without any details from Apple we have to speculate on what Files is for. Since so many people want more control over the documents saved on their iOS devices, we’re hoping that’s what Files gives us.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference keynote event starts at 10 AM pacific time, so we’ll likely find out exactly what Files does this morning.

The Mac Observer is on location at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose for the keynote, so be sure to follow along with our live coverage and analysis. We’ll also recap today’s announcements on TMO’s Daily Observations podcast and dive deeper on Apple Context Machine.

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First off, love your podcast… I’ve been a listener for a while, but only recently started making podcasts a two-way conversation with those I follow. As I listened to your review on the Files app in the iOS 11 coverage on my way in to work this morning, I really questioned where you were headed with the folders and organization discussion. Although I haven’t physically worked with the Files app, I think that the idea of organizing like-minded files together isn’t a viable option without massive applications updates. Right now, each application stores its files in a folder named according… Read more »