The Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) has recently completed a feasibility study for a fiber-positioner facility proposed for the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), called MANIFEST (the Many Instrument Fiber System). The MANIFEST facility takes full advantage of the wide-field focal plane to efficiently feed a number of focal instruments. It is a simple, flexible and modular design, based on the AAO's experience and R&D with starbugs, robotic positioners, and related fiber technologies for astronomical instrumentation. Up to 2000 individually deployable fiber units are envisaged, with a wide variety of aperture types (single-aperture, image- or pupil-slicing, IFU). MANIFEST allows (a) full use of the GMT's 20' field-of-view, (b) a multiplexed IFU capability, (c) greatly increased spectral resolution via image-slicing, (d) the possibility of OH-suppression in the near-infrared. It is intended that MANIFEST will form part of the GMT facility itself, available to any instrument able to make use of it. In this paper, we report on the recent progress involving the science goals, instrument concept, related technologies and performances.