Apple pulls wireless backup from initial Mac OS X Leopard release

“To the dismay of what is sure to be many, Apple Inc. appears to have pulled one of the more compelling features of its Leopard operating system last minute: the ability to use its revolutionary Time Machine backup software with wireless AirPort Disks,” Katie Marsal reports for AppleInsider.

“In the months and weeks leading up to this evening’s launch of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Apple had widely touted the feature under the tag line ‘Effortless meets wireless,'” Marsal reports.

“AppleInsider was able to confirm the absence of any AirPort Disk support in the version of Time Machine due to go on sale at 6:00 p.m. today as part of Leopard, even though earlier pre-release betas of the software had supported the feature. In addition, all references to wireless backup were also removed from the Time Machine help files included with the distribution,” Marsal reports.

“AirPort Disk backup support is not the only feature to have fallen victim to Apple’s self-imposed October launch deadline for Leopard. Last week AppleInsider noted that the ability to sync Mail notes to iPhone had seemingly also been axed,” Marsal reports. “Obviously, the hope is that Apple continues to refine these features — and others that may have missed the cut –with the intention of releasing them in the coming months as part of a Leopard software update.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Looks like those interested in wireless Time Machine backups, Mail notes syncing to iPhone, etc. will at least have to wait for Mac OS X 10.5.1. On a positive note: Apple released the first update to Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.1) on May 16, 2005, a mere 17 days after Tiger’s April 29th release.


  1. Well, I for one would feel better if Apple would say that they will have the feature in an update. They have not said anything.

    I DID buy the Airport Express for the purpose of backing up our two laptops to it. I would be dissapointed if it doesn’t work within a few months.

    Would be better for Apple to make an announcement, rather than leaving people hanging.

  2. I think the deal is that you cannot back up to a wirelessly networked drive.

    I wonder if you can have a drive connected to a desktop mac and use time machine for backing up that machine and any other drives that are networked wirelessly or by ethernet.

    A subtle difference but may work.

  3. What a bunch of whiners. It clearly stated on Apple’s Leopard preview page that final release was subject to change. Come on MDN, let the whiners have it.

    Also: whine, whine, whine, I really want this feature and have been looking forward to it since I bought my Airport extreme with airdisk.

  4. That´s one of the secret features!
    C´mon folks, Leopard is just a new, updated version of the old version. Evolution. Wait a bit and another cat-named update will appear.
    In the meantime enjoy and be glad you aren´t tied to Microsloft.

  5. They are waiting for the Apple AirDisk to finish development… duh.

    AirDisk: Apple’s wireless Hard Drive based backup device.

    Will also support Firewire, Firewire 800, usb 2.0, and possibly eSATA.

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