Apple looks to be launching a Files app in iOS 11

The next operating system will be revealed at Apple’s developer conference tonight

IOS 11 files app

The next version of Apple’s iPhone and iPad operating system may contain a file management app that lets users sort their documents.

Ahead of the Cupertino firm’s Worldwide Developer Conference tonight, a new app has been spotted on the app store. Developer Steve Troughton-Smith spotted a placeholder for a ‘Files’ app when browsing the company’s downloads page.

The app page itself does not include many details about the potential new download. In a tweet, Troughton-Smith said the app’s details state it will only run on iOS 11. The placeholder also says the app has been designed for iPhone and iPad.

While it is possible, but unlikely, the app will not be released, it indicates Apple is reconsidering how files are stored on its devices. The firm already offers iCloud Drive as a cloud-based option to store files across devices but the potential Files app could change how this structure works.

The evidence of a placeholder for the Files app comes ahead of the start of WWDC. Since Troughton-Smith posted the screenshot of the app, however, Apple has removed it from the UK and US app stores, fuelling the rumours further.

This evening, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook and fellow executives will take to a stage at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center to reveal the biggest announcements of the week-long conference.

Each year at WWDC Apple announces updates to the iOS platform: in 2016 in introduced iOS 10 that integrated artificial intelligence across Maps, Messages, Photos and other Apple apps.

At this year’s event, it is expected iOS 11 will see improvements to Apple’s voice assistant Siri. It is rumoured the Siri improvements will also go beyond what is capable on the iPhone and Mac, with the company slated to introduce an Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor.

When will iOS 11 be released?

Traditionally, Apple announces its newest operating system at WWDC before releasing it to the public later the same year. It is expected iOS 11 will be made available for free in Autumn, to coincide with the launch of a new iPhone.

Before a general public release, Apple will make the new version of iOS available to developers. It will then go through a number of public betas that are released to those are on Apple’s beta testingscheme.

Article by Matt Burgess from Wired