An unreleased Apple app named “Files” appeared briefly on the App Store on Sunday night ahead of the company’s keynote speech at its WWDC event on Monday.
The listing for the Files app, which was spotted by developer Steve Troughton-Smith, showed that it was created by Apple, and it seems that the app will allow users to see which files are stored on their iOS devices. The App Store listing has since been deleted.
Keep in mind, iPhone and iPad users do have a way to access their saved files from their Macs via Apple’s iCloud Drive, a service that was introduced in 2014, but it’s nowhere near as robust or customisable as Apple’s Finder app. You can’t create new folders, rename folders, or organise documents in a way that makes sense to you from your iPhone or iPad — some folders can be renamed or organised to your liking, but all of that must be done on a PC or Mac computer. Right now there’s no easy way for users to see the file system on an iPhone or iPad, but it looks like Apple is going to change that with the release of iOS 11.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is scheduled to give a keynote speech at Apple’s WWDC event today, and the company is expected to announce iOS 11 alongside new software for Macs, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches. The company also plans to unveil new iPads and MacBooks at the event.