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 We're driven to outdated filesystems like Dropbox because Apple hasn't yet provided a next generation alternative.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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Another reason Apple will not open up the filesystem is this:

99% of malware target Android... This is not another security through obscurity tactic.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Sounds scary. Until you realise that what matters is *infection rates*. All this tells you is that malware makers are focussing on Android. It does not tell you if they're succeeding in any meaningful way.

This is not a very difficult thing to comprehend. Sadly, it will get trotted out every time by people who have no idea what they're talking about.

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krreagan Member since:

Unfortunately it does matter immensely. For one, these are only the ones that are know about. There are probably dozens of exploits that are currently active that no one knows about except the authors. I would venture to guess that of the 275 targeted to Android, most were in the wild making money for their authors for some time. If there is no market... they don't get written!

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