Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Mar 2017 20:03 UTC
Apple

Apple has released iOS 10.3, which brings with it a major change you should really, really be aware of before you install this update.

iOS 10.3 introduces a new Apple File System (APFS), which is installed when an iOS device is updated. APFS is optimized for flash/SSD storage and includes improved support for encryption. Other features include snapshots for freezing the state of a file system (better for backups), space sharing, and better space efficiency, all of which should result in a more stable platform. Customers updating to iOS 10.3 should first make a backup given that the update installs a new file system.

While everything should work out just fine with this update, I'd take additional precautions to make sure all your important data is properly backed up.

In addition, Apple also released macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which introduces Night Shift to the Mac.

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Comment by flanque
by flanque on Mon 27th Mar 2017 23:09 UTC
flanque
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2005-12-15

I'm too lazy to look it up, but presumably this new file system would have performance improvements?

Any metrics on what the differential might be?

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RE: Comment by flanque
by Drumhellar on Mon 27th Mar 2017 23:30 UTC in reply to "Comment by flanque"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

We'll have to wait until it's out in macOS to compare performance (Sierra still has a beta version), but iOS users are at least reporting somewhat more free space, probably due to less free space needed for the system partition.

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RE[2]: Comment by flanque
by darknexus on Tue 28th Mar 2017 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by flanque"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yeah, I can confirm that I have about 500 mb of extra space after the update. I'm not complaining, especially since my iPhone is only 16 gb (didn't think I'd need more than that, lesson learned). The free space on my larger 256 gb iPad Pro isn't noticeable as much. The system does feel significantly faster, though I realize that by no means proves anything substantial. Other than that, I haven't noticed anything different save the new section in settings. At least I haven't found any new bugs, which these days is a victory.

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RE[3]: Comment by flanque
by Drumhellar on Tue 28th Mar 2017 18:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by flanque"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

The system does feel significantly faster, though I realize that by no means proves anything substantial.


Apple did tweak the speed of various animations. It very easily may feel faster without actually being faster.

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RE[4]: Comment by flanque
by darknexus on Tue 28th Mar 2017 19:24 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by flanque"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Apple did tweak the speed of various animations. It very easily may feel faster without actually being faster.

Nope. I've turned off every visual effect I can. Don't need them, seeing as how I interact with it completely through using VoiceOver ;) .

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which introduces Night Shift to the Mac
by quackalist on Tue 28th Mar 2017 18:09 UTC
quackalist
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2007-08-27

New version of OS introduces Night Shift to the Mac...some sort of joke if that's it, can't wait to download...

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

There's a little more than that, though doesn't seem like much even so.
http://osxdaily.com/2017/03/27/macos-sierra-10-12-4-download-update...
I suppose if you like a certain drawn-out sports game you might care ;) .

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Major props!
by avgalen on Wed 29th Mar 2017 11:06 UTC
avgalen
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2010-09-23

It is rare that I get impressed by Apple, but they are pushing a major change through their userbase that for the most part doesn't even notice.
I am surprised that they are pushing it through on iOS, but not on macOS. That seems to indicate that the filesystem got tested for simple use (1 volume) first and that it still needs improvement for advanced use (RAID)...which almost none of their hardware has anymore

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Backup ??
by Hitman1 on Wed 29th Mar 2017 21:06 UTC
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2012-03-06

Don't forget to backup? Somebody still stores important data on the device only rather than online storage like dropbox?

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RE: Backup ??
by darknexus on Thu 30th Mar 2017 13:15 UTC in reply to "Backup ??"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Yeah they do, those of us who aren't willing to hand over our information to a company who well sell us out the instant they have something to gain.

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