Apple just made a historic and risky change to all iPhones — and you probably didn't even notice

Apple released a new update for iPhones and iPads on Monday with nifty features like Find My AirPods and Siri improvements, but most people won't even notice the biggest change.

As part of the iOS 10.3 update, Apple changed a basic part of how every iPhone and iPad works — its file system, or the way the computer stores data and knows where and how to find it.

With Monday's update, Apple updated iPhones and iPads to its new Apple File System, upgrading from HFS+, which was developed over 30 years ago.

It was a smart move for the future. Apple File System "is optimized for Flash/SSD storage and features strong encryption ... and improved file system fundamentals" and should help iPhones and iPads run faster and more smoothly going forward, Apple says. It may even free up GBs of storage space once you update.


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