Apple is growing its help for APFS on its computing platforms, bringing the flexibility to make use of Time Machine with an APFS-formatted disk to macOS Big Sur, whereas enabling the flexibility to view exterior drives utilizing encrypted APFS in iOS and iPadOS 14.
Launched in 2016, APFS is Apple’s forward-thinking file system that it makes use of throughout virtually its total gadget ecosystem. With the introduction of macOS Huge Sur, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14, Apple will likely be making it much more helpful for customers, by including help for APFS in a couple of new areas.
On macOS Huge Sur, Apple is lastly bringing the flexibility to make use of an APFS-formatted drive with Time Machine, 9to5Mac reports. With macOS Catalina and earlier releases, customers have been in a position to again as much as an HFS+-formatted disk however not an APFS-formatted model, with macOS providing to reformat the drive to HFS+.
Underneath Huge Sur, customers will be capable to again up on to an APFS-formatted drive, eliminating the necessity to reformat any disks.
Encrypted Drives in iOS 14
For iOS 14 and iPadOS 14, Apple has plugged a gap for exterior drive help for one particular use case: APFS encrypted drives. Whereas it’s at present doable to view exterior drives in quite a few frequent codecs from an iPhone or iPad, it solely works for non-encrypted drives, with encrypted drives being unreadable by the cell gadgets.
On connecting an encrypted APFS drive to iOS 14 or iPadOS 14, the drive will seem on the up to date Sidebar, with a collection of the drive mentioning a password immediate to decrypt it.
The added help for encrypted drives will solely work for APFS-formatted drives, which can nonetheless be a limiting issue for some customers in a multi-platform surroundings.