What you need to know
- Apple has added a small update to files in iOS 14.
- Users will be able to recognize encrypted drives on both iPad and iPhone.
- The feature only works for drives in APFS format.
Apple appears to have made a quiet change to its Files app on both iPad and iPhone with iOS and iPadOS 14.
As reported by 9to5Mac:
According to the report, accessing and using the feature is really easy, simply plug an encrypted drive into your device through the Lightning or USB-C port, then open the Files app.
Encrypted drives show up in the sidebar, and tapping on it will prompt you to enter the password required for the drive. The only wrinkle is that it only recognizes drives encrypted in APFS, which can be adjusted in Disk Utility on macOS.
9to5Mac notes that accordingly, macOS Big Sur has also been updated so that Time Machine backups can now be put on an APFS disk, where previously it only worked with HFS+ disks.
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