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 We're driven to outdated filesystems like Dropbox because Apple hasn't yet provided a next generation alternative.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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by hobgoblin on Wed 30th Apr 2014 19:45 UTC
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It seems more likely that Android adopts iOS than iOS adopting anything close to present day Android (pre-4.4 at least).

I suspect big media hiding in the wings, as random RW of files have been a torn in their side ever since personal computers got powerful enough to act as media players.

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by intangible on Thu 1st May 2014 17:24 in reply to "sadly..."
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Hiding in the wings? Pretty much every player is cross-platform between iOS and Android these days either way...
If "Big Media" gets sad because I might use a computer in a manner they don't approve of (doing anything that doesn't give them money), well, they can go cry in a corner, screw them... We shouldn't dumb down the world to make a few rich fat cats even richer.

Edit: Maybe I misunderstood you and you're saying big media is waiting in the wings to push for the brain-dead views more on Android... But either way, they can go cry in a corner ;)

Edited 2014-05-01 17:29 UTC

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by hobgoblin on Thu 1st May 2014 18:44 in reply to "RE: sadly..."
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Pretty much what you say in your edit.

I swear that ever since Google started offering music and movies in their Android store, they have made some effort or other to lock users out of writing files to storage areas that don't support strict access controls.

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