MacOS High Sierra APFS Fusion Drives Support Confirmed by Apple
Apple released the new macOS High Sierra 10.13 for download in the Mac App Store yesterday, and as reported earlier, it limits the new Apple File System (APFS) to Macs that have all-flash storage, excluding iMacs and Mac mini machines that feature Fusion Drives. Fortunately, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi has now confirmed that APFS support will be coming soon to Fusion Drives in a update, MacRumors reports.
Federighi shared the info in an email sent to MacRumors reader Michiel, who asked if APFS would be added later.
“Yes, we plan to add support in a future update,” replied Federighi.
The latest Apple File System is an advanced version of HFS+, optimized for solid state drives, offering better security, crash protection, simplified backups and stronger encryption.
The first macOS High Sierra beta released in June included Fusion Drives support and converted iMacs and Mac minis to APFS. However, the support was removed in subsequent betas, most likely due to stability problems.
Apple has also provided developers who happened to install APFS on their machines with instructions for how to convert back to HFS+ for the time being.