iOS:Is there a way to mount an iPhone 5 as a block device or disk drive?
It seems that recent iOS is designed so that it can't be mounted as a hard drive to allow file transfer over USB. Is there a way to make an iPhone appear as a hard drive on USB to a Mac (preferred, but PC or Linux of interest too). If not, why would this feature be left out?
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There are a few reasons:
On iOS, Apple is moving to sandboxing, which means that any application has its own space for its own applications only, and cannot reach across and access other apps. This is related to security, since Apple is asking developers to sign their own certificates for their apps, and if the digital certificate is broken, the app won't run (if the settings are at the set at the default highest level).
On Mountain Lion, Apple is moving to each app having its own single-level document folder; this makes syncing with iCloud easier.
iOS is 32-bit and Mac OS is 64-bit. For the most part, this is not an issue, but there can be incompatibilities.
Apple's goal is to make each device independent, independently accessing and syncing to iCloud. The same goes for Windows and Linux. This means that cross-device syncing with USB will gradually be supported less.