iOS 5 ushers in a new “PC-free” era for Apple’s mobile devices, with Cupertino acknowledging that many owners are using their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch without a computer. To aid such users, the company has also released a new AirPort Utility app for setting up and managing their AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule without a computer as well.
Apple quietly refreshed the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule base stations earlier this summer, and a new report claims they’ll soon cap off the move with an update to the 802.11n model of the AirPort Express, presumably ahead of this fall’s launch of the iCloud service.
Apple quietly slipped out hardware updates to the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule in June, which FCC documents claim to have stronger Wi-Fi range and performance. Despite Apple touting this newfound ability, AnandTech now has an exhaustive review of the networking products to confirm it in the real world.
Your Wi-Fi router is the unsung hero in your computer setup. It’s probably the thing you think about the least -- and in many ways it’s the most important link in your electronic chain. After all, your router is what keeps your iMac, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad connected to the internet, not to mention all the other stuff you’ve got sipping bits, like game consoles, TiVo boxes, and internet radios. Apple’s latest AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule are essentially minor updates, but if you’re a Mac user in need of a new router, both are extremely good options.
Since its debut in 2008, Apple’s Time Capsule has been a study in simplicity and elegance. Offering its users an all-in-one wireless internet gateway and impeccable storage and backup solution, it’s a peripheral device that simply oozes win. For those of us that bought our Time Capsules back in 2008, however, it’s also a device that’s beginning to get a little long in the tooth, especially in the face of the stellar 2TB and 3TB storage update Cupertino gave it this past June. If you’re made of money, you could opt to fork over $499 for a taste of Apple’s new wireless backup hotness, or with a little hard work, you can upgrade your existing Time Capsule with a brand new high-speed 3TB drive for less than half that price. Here’s how to do it.
Despite all the crazy rumors about the new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule having some kind of built-in Software Update caching or iCloud integration, this week’s hardware refresh was quiet and uneventful -- that is, unless you like your AirPort with stronger Wi-Fi.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Apple appears to planning the imminent release of new AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule models, with confirmation coming from none other than the FCC. Anyone in the market for some new networking products?
One of the things many of us expected to be the surprise “one more thing” at the WWDC 2011 keynote was the introduction of new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule units, perhaps with some sort of iCloud integration. While they still haven’t been announced, this week’s AirPort Utility update appears to have outed them.
As we ponder what kind of goodness is in store for us all with Apple’s new iCloud, a couple of related tidbits have come to light, including the company finally taking control of the iCloud.com domain and some possible hardware refreshes for WWDC.