Files in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 offer support for APFS-encrypted disks
It might seem that there has been no significant improvement on the native Files app in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 – Apple did not comment on it in detail during the initial online Keynote on this year's WWDC. Nevertheless, there was one relatively significant change. The Files application in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 will offer support for APFS encrypted storage. Until now, users have not been able to use these external repositories when working with native Files.
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The whole process is very simple and intuitive, and there is certainly no reason to worry about complications when using an encrypted drive with an iOS or iPadOS device. All you have to do is connect the appropriate drive to your iPhone or iPad using a USB-C or Lightning cable and then launch the Files app. The contents of the connected disc are immediately displayed in the redesigned sidebar. Once the user selects the drive, all they have to do is enter the password and click the button to unlock the storage. The user then immediately gains access to all the content stored on the disk. The only problem is that iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 are only able to recognize disks that are encrypted in APFS format. Mac owners can encrypt the disk in this way using the Disk Utility, which is part of the macOS operating system (the fastest way to access it is via Spotlight, ie by pressing Cmd + spacebar and then entering "Disk Utility" in the search box). According to the latest reports, it is possible to perform backups via Time Machine in APFS format in the macOS Big Sur operating system, while in previous versions macOS Time Machine offered compatibility only with HFS + disks.