whoisnader wrote:Apple do prepackaged exfat into the OS. I think it came in Yosemite, as a free upgrade to all Mac machines past and current models.
I've explained before why this is not possible for QNAP.
Apple was and is in a different market (and product volume) position. And they had to support non-native file systems like FAT32 and NTFS before, and bring up exFAT to allow their large creative consume base working with cameras and other devices making use of SD cards, which defaulted to exFAT - and no options for anything else. The majority of NAS in the field rarely see any external storage connected. Many are located in some data centres, in server rooms and communication racks. All these don't need exFAT support.
Therefore, QNAP does offer exFAT as an add-on license for those in need to work with direct attached exFAT storage on the NAS.
The many arguments and comparisons with Apple and whatever you are bringing up, we're community members and won't change QNAP's decision. Those who seriously need exFAT ie. for camera media import, are certainly willing to pay the small amount for this add-on. For a licensed feature, and then for the well performing exFAT implementation QNAP does pay, too.