But I guess a lot of Space-X stuff surprises me that way. It’s a very consumer focused spaceflight system.
Now, maybe if iOS supported using a USB or Bluetooth key to unlock the device.
Does it? There's a lot more mission critical devices and computers involved in launching and piloting that ship onboard. Are they all encrypted? Every microcontroller? A verified chain of possession for everything going on to the ship seems as if it would be necessary, iPad included. And if that is the case, then is encryption truly a necessity? Keeping in mind that a passphrase was just entered mid livestream.
I'm not saying that encryption doesn't help, and that it shouldn't be encrypted. But I think that "needs to be encrypted" is a little strong. That said, I'm really looking forward to hearing from people arguing against me. Having been working from home since March, with only the occasional social contact, I'd love a good debate right now.
Why have it (PIN or password) at all?
EDIT: I thought iOS PINs should be six digit?
It used to be four digits. The default changed to six, but there is an option to use four.