Apple’s New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

Say hello to APFS, Apple’s new file system for macOS and iOS that rolled out as part of yesterday’s operating system updates. Dave Hamilton and Bryan Chaffin join Jeff Gamet to explain what APFS is and how it impacts users, along with why we don’t need to be afraid of the change. They also offer up their thoughts on Apple finally letting developers respond to App Store reviews.

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4 thoughts on “Apple’s New APFS File System, Developers Respond to App Store Reviews – TMO Daily Observations 2017-03-28

  • Jeff et al:

    The discussion on APFS here, as well as around the internet with the release of iOS 10.3, including BackBlaze’s excellent summary is much appreciated.

    One question, which likely simply reflects my ignorance of the technical underpinnings of computer filing systems, is; given that macOS 10.12.4 still uses AFS, whereas iOS is now APFS, how are shared files synchronised between systems – files such as Notes, Calendar, and even Pages, etc? Is this feasible due to the intermediary of the cloud, which presumably is agnostic to the filing system on the device hard drive? Again, if I understood the discussion, it would not be feasible for one’s Mac hard drive with AFS to mount and synchronise files with your iOS device that is using APFS, but perhaps I’m way off base.

    Any enlightenment would be appreciated.

    Thanks, guys.

  • I had a minor problem with the update which might be tied to a new file system (or maybe not). I listen to audio books on Hoopla and after the update the audio book I had been listening to would no longer play. However after redownloading it. It played just fine (and still remembered where I was in the book). So not a big problem at all.

  • With the latest update to macOS 10.12.4, you do have programs that do support APFS with the following five commands:


    Found these by doing a “man -k apps”, but have not tried using them yet. You can try a “man” for any of the above to get all the details.

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