iOS 10.3 Will Automatically Upgrade Your iOS Device’s File System To APFS


Apple's release of macOS Sierra last year marked the debut of a new file system named APFS (Apple File System). The new format is oriented towards solid storage drives that greatly focuses on data integrity and encryption. However, APFS support in macOS Sierra is very young and limited, nonetheless, the company is expected to make the file format default as soon as the next version of the operating system arrives. Yesterday, Apple released the iOS 10.3 beta and by the look of it, Apple is pushing the APFS file system earlier than what we expected. Let's see some more details on the matter.

iOS 10.3 Beta Introduces APFS File System For iOS Devices

iOS 10.3 beta 3 brings a boatload of new internal and visual variations. As the company notes, the release of iOS 10.3 will upgrade iOS device's file system to APFS. To be precise, the change will be implemented on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch as well as the fourth generation Apple TV. The best part is that the new file system will convert the file system while still preserving the existing data stored on your iOS device. However, Apple still recommends that users should create a backup of their device before they decide to update to the latest iOS firmware.

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When you update to iOS 10.3, your iOS device will update its file system to Apple File System (APFS). This conversion preserves existing data on your device. However, as with any software update, it is recommended that you create a backup of your device before updating.

While iOS 10.3 beta brings quite a handful of new additions, the conversion of file system to APFS is definitely worth seeing. This is because, at this point in time, we are not sure if the conversion will have any direct impact on the iOS device's performance. In addition to this, we're also glad to see that Apple introduced the file system conversion to be part of iOS 10 and not wait for the next iOS release.

In contrast to this, the APFS file sytem was first introduced in the macOS Sierra last year. Moreover, the release notes of macOS Sierra 10.12.4 does not highlight that the update will aid in converting HDDs file system to the new file system format, APFS. We will probably receive more updates in the forthcoming iOS 10.3 beta firmware, so be sure to stay tuned for that.

This is it for now, folks. What are your thoughts on Apple introducing the new APFS file system for iOS devices? Share your thoughts in the comments.