Apple Doubles Time Capsule Storage Capacity

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Apple quietly released updates to its Time Capsule Wi-Fi based data storage system on Thursday. The new versions offer twice the capacity as the models they replace, but without increasing the price.

The US$299 model now includes 1TB of storage instead of 500GB, and the $499 model sports 2TB, up from 1TB. The new models also include dual-band Wi-Fi and Guest Networking support.

The higher capacity Time Capsule are available now at the Apple Web site.



Wow…now they’re only $150?$200 overpriced. Drive space is now a commodity. Even when you throw it into a dual-band wireless router. In fact, more so, since buying a dual band wireless router with storage in it is like pairing a dvd with a tv player…some things are better separated.

Lee Dronick

buying a dual band wireless router with storage in it is like pairing a dvd with a tv player?some things are better separated.

About a month ago I bought I new AirPort to replace my UFO style AirPort. I considered a Time Capsule, but opted for the AirPort because I could add an external hard drive to it and swap it out the drive when I need more storage.

I was getting a lot of R/F interference on the old AirPort, that has not been a problem with the new one.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

Time is a commodity too, more precious than hard disk space. The Time Capsule is really simple. I have the 500GB version. One thing I really like about it is that when I go on the road to the near-Tahoe vacation spot for a week or so, I stick this in my stylish messenger bag and have my router and backup with me. It also supports an external hard disk, which can be used as a Time Machine disk or to back up the Time Capsule.

Lee Dronick

Good point Bosco. The Time Capsule is self-contained and I do hate the flying spaghetti monster of cables.


now they?re only $150?$200 overpriced

Okay, I’ll bite: Point me to a $300-350 2 TB NAS plus a dual independent radio 802.11n router with 4 gigE ethernet ports plus printer sharing that’s Time Machine compatible.

I’m anxiously awaiting your reply…

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At some point, Time Machine will fill virtually any drive with incremental backups, dropping off older versions as it moves forward.  Unless you have a simply massive amount of data on the computer(s) you use with Time Machine and a Time Capsule, the need for a 2TB container will not provide more than a longer time period of those incremental backups being preserved at a time.  I guess the time will come when we all will have enough hard drive space on our computers to need 2TB to hold a backup (which doesn’t include applications), my guess is that the newest addition to Time Capsule will be of limited value to most.

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