Apple gradually began using its SSD-compatible APFS file system with High Sierra for SSD-only Macs, so it upgraded Fusion Drive-based Macs to Mojave. In Big Sur, Time Machine volumes can finally be formatted with APFS too. But in this transition, one capacity has been silently lost: APFS volumes cannot be shared for network access via Apple’s relatively old Apple Filing Protocol (AFP).
AFP dates back to the days before OS X, with a version appearing in System 6 in the late 1980s. As with most older protocols, it has gotten long in the tooth and Apple has gone from supporting just the SMEs of the Windows and Linux world to moving to it as the only integrated sharing method. Going back to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple has started ditching AFP in favor of the industry standard SMB, although it hasn’t removed support yet.
In Big Sur, Apple completely abandoned the ability to share volumes via AFP, but even though Catalina retained support for AFP sharing, as noted above, …
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