Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Apr 2014 19:09 UTC

I deeply, truly, desperately want Apple to add a Files app and DocumentPicker controller to the iPhone and iPad in iOS 8. I've wanted it going on 4 years, and every year more than the last. It is, in my very humble opinion, one of the biggest, most frustrating holes remaining on Apple's mobile operating system, and all the more so because it seems like a model for fixing it has been in successful use for years already. Right now we're saddled with the complexity and frustration of iOS documents locked in app and iCloud jails. We're driven to outdated filesystems like Dropbox because Apple hasn't yet provided a next generation alternative. It needs to happen and so I'm once again asking for it this year and for iOS 8.

iOS has many complexity-inducing frustrations born out of "keep it simple", but none as big as this one. File handling on iOS is so incredibly frustrating and needlessly complex that I have a hard time considering it a mature operating system at all. My line of work requires constant opening and closing of a quarter metric frickton of files, and that kind of stuff is simply impossible on iOS.

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I disagree that it can't be done. Add a new permission that apps must be granted to access a common file storage area.

Old apps wouldn't ever try to access it, so no harm done. New apps can just ask the owner for permission.

I completely agree (see my other post) - but that solution does not imply nor require a "file picker" - those two things are completely orthogonal.

Someone could of course write some kind of "file manager" for a common storage area - but the thing is, if apps are sharing a common storage area what exactly is there to manage? Apps can easily just continue working as they do now - they work with the file types they know how to work with however they choose to. What would you "manage" exactly? Apps don't need (and probably would prefer not to have) to deal with hierarchal folders.

So now we get into user created folders/organization and whatnot - and I personally see no point in ever doing that in iOS. Its not that it can't be done, I just don't think it serves any useful purpose (and I suspect Apple agrees with me).

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