Files app

Only al­low­ing file sys­tem ac­cess from within apps is un­help­ful – we want an iOS Finder

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With iCloud Drive, Ap­ple fi­nally gave users ac­cess to a file sys­tem on iOS, no longer forc­ing you to ac­cess doc­u­ments solely from the app that cre­ated them. The down­side is Ap­ple didn’t twin this with an iOS ver­sion of Finder. The file sys­tem is only ac­ces­si­ble in apps that sup­port iCloud Drive and in­clude the Doc­u­ment Picker.

We sus­pect Ap­ple’s at­tempt­ing to hide com­plex­ity from users, but the horse has bolted. For those peo­ple who need the means to man­age files, not hav­ing a ‘Files’ app seems like a ma­jor over­sight. In the mean­time, we’re left with work­arounds, such as us­ing Read­dle’s Doc­u­ments (pic­tured), to ac­cess and man­age files on iCloud Drive and else­where, but we’d sooner see an of­fi­cial Ap­ple so­lu­tion on our de­vices.

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