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Apple’s ‘Files’ app for iOS 11 appears on App Store ahead of WWDC

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event on October 27, 2016, in Cupertino, California.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event on October 27, 2016, in Cupertino, California.

Apple's big Worldwide Developers Conference keynote kicks off in just over 10 hours, and the company itself may have let slip a major piece of news.

developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the iOS App Store currently has a placeholder listing for an Apple-developed app called Files. The listing doesn't have many details, but the app apparently requires the as-yet unannounced iOS 11 and its icon is unmistakably that of a macOS-style folder.

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The obvious reading here is that Apple is overhauling iOS's approach to file management. Ever since the original iPhone was released in 2007, Apple's mobile devices have abstracted away files wherever possible, leaving the handling of documents to individual apps and cloud services.