Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 13th Jun 2016 22:49 UTC
Mac OS X

Moving on from iOS 10, we get to OS X, and the biggest news is the forthcoming death of HFS+, but before we get there, Apple made it official: OS X is now macOS, causing millions of slightly peculiar people like myself to twitch every time we have to type it out. It should, of course, be called Mac OS, but maybe that's why I'm a sad, lonely translator, and Apple has so much money it can buy, like, I don't know, Belgium. macOS Sierra (10.12? We don't yet know) will be coming this fall.

With that out of the way: Apple announced a brand new file system. You'd think big news like this would be front and centre during the keynote, but I guess not everybody gets bug-eyed by the supposed brutal murder of HFS+. In any event, the new Apple file system is called Apple File System - because, you know, Apple is for creative snowflakes - and it's been designed to scale from the Apple Watch all the way up to Mac OS macOS (this is not going to work out). Since I'm by far not qualified enough to tell you the details, I'll direct you to Ars, where they've got a good overview of what APFS is all about, or you can dive straight into Apple's technical documentation.

For the rest, macOS was pretty under-served at WWDC, as expected. Siri is coming to the Mac, and there's things like a universal clipboard that works across devices, and Apple states that every application can be tabbed now - basically all multi-window applications can be tabbed, without developer input. I'm kind of curious how this will work in practice. Lastly, Apple is making it first steps towards macOS treating the file system like iOS does it (i.e., pretending it doesn't exist), by using iCloud to automatically sync your desktop and documents folder. All optional now, but you can expect this to expand and eventually be mandatory, and cover all user-facing files.

One final tidbit: the Mac App Store has been effectively declared dead - all the APIs that were previously only available to MAS applications, are now available to everyone. And nobody shed a tear.

As always, there's more, but this is the highlight reel.

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RE: Comment by fmaxwell
by FlyingJester on Wed 15th Jun 2016 18:49 UTC in reply to "Comment by fmaxwell"
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The integration with iCloud is not the same as making the file system transparent.

You can have a filesystem you can't truly examine while still being local. Windows has arguably taken a more aggressive approach with this, using the 'Libraries' feature.

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RE[2]: Comment by fmaxwell
by fmaxwell on Wed 15th Jun 2016 20:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by fmaxwell"
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The integration with iCloud is not the same as making the file system transparent.

Agreed, but I was addressing the claim that iCloud integration would eventually be mandatory.

Even the .app "files" themselves are really nested directories and files, displayed and treated at the GUI level as files. That's been a very good thing, allowing installation of software with a single drag & drop of what appears to the user be a single file.

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