iOS 11 brings a self-contained file system to the iPhone and iPad in the form of the new Files app. The Files app replaces the iCloud Drive app, which was nothing more than a glorified document picker. Files app brings an experience that is much closer to Finder on the Mac, while still following iOS conventions of sandboxing and privacy.
While the Files app is available on both platforms, it really shines on the iPad – with drag and drop and Split View support. The first developer beta of iOS 11 is out and we’re taking the Files app for a spin.
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The Browse tab has a Locations section in the sidebar. In the first beta, it only supports iCloud Drive. While there’s a section for local files, I’m not able to add files or folder there. By the time iOS 11 ships, you’ll be able to add third party sources here as well – Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and more. And by then, I hope the local storage feature works as well.
What makes Files app similar to a file system is the folder structure. And you’ll get a classic nested folder structure here. Tap on a folder and then tap and hold in an empty space to create a new folder.
By default, you’ll see files and folder in a grid view – with icons for all folders and files. But you can switch to the list view by swiping down in the folder view and tapping the list view button. List view shows more details – file size, modified date and a shortcut to download it.
Another Finder feature that makes it to Files app is tagging. You’ll find the default tags like Red, Orange and so on. But you can create your own as well.
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