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Your iPad will finally show you files

Apple has resisted exposing files and folders for years, but a new Files app will change that in iOS 11.


The new Files app.

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Sorting through files and folders may not be your idea of fun -- but as Apple transforms the iPad into a work-ready laptop replacement, those files are coming along for the ride.

The new Files app -- arriving as part of iOS 11 this fall --- looks like pretty much what you'd expect, based on a quick presentation at WWDC 2017. Nested folders and files, with little thumbnail previews of your images and documents. 

Files also supports drag-and-drop, like other first-party apps in iOS 11.

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There's a grid view, a list view, a Recents page and the options to search and favorite and tag. The best part could be that Apple's trying to make it a one-stop shop for all your files by listing those from iCloud and third-party online storage systems like Box, DropBox, OneDrive, Google Drive and Adobe's Creative Cloud as well.

Update, June 6: Apple confirms that the Files app will appear on iPhone as well.


Files supports most major third-party cloud storage providers.

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