Apple announces Time Capsule; wireless backup for all your Macs

Apple today introduced Time Capsule, a backup appliance that automatically and wirelessly backs up everything on one or more Macs running Leopard, the latest release of Apple’s Mac OS(R) X operating system including the amazing Time Machine automatic backup software. Time Capsule combines an 802.11n base station with a server grade hard disk in one small package. Simply plug it in, then easily set up automatic wireless backup for every Mac in your house to a single Time Capsule with just a few clicks. Time Capsule offers the benefits of a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station, and comes in two models: a 500 gigabyte model for just $299 and a 1 terabyte model for just $499.

“Bring Time Capsule home, plug it in, click a few buttons on your Macs and voila — all the Macs in your house are being backed up automatically, every hour of every day,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Time Capsule and Time Machine, all your irreplaceable photos, movies and documents are automatically protected and incredibly easy to retrieve if they are ever lost.”

Built to work seamlessly with Time Machine, Time Capsule lets users wirelessly back up all of the data on their Macs, find lost files and even restore all of their software. In the event a file is lost, users can wirelessly search back through time to find deleted files, applications, photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file. If it’s ever necessary, Leopard can also easily restore an entire system from the Time Machine backup on Time Capsule.

In addition to being the best way to back up a Mac, Time Capsule is also a full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11n technology. Delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g, 802.11n is built in to Apple’s iMac(R) desktop and the entire Mac notebook line up, including MacBook, MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air. Time Capsule features a sleek design with a built-in power supply and connections to print wirelessly to a USB printer. With Time Capsule, it’s very easy for users to create a secure, wireless network for up to 50 users and set security restrictions such as Internet access limits for children’s computers.

At $299 for a 500GB model and $499 for a 1TB model and a fully integrated 802.11n AirPort Extreme(R) Base Station, Time Capsule can serve as a backup solution for multiple computers as well as the backbone for a high-speed, 802.11n wireless network, making it effortless and affordable for everyone at home, school or work to protect their digital files.

Additional Time Capsule features include:
• dual-band antennas for 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequencies;
• three Gigabit LAN ports;
• one Gigabit Ethernet WAN port;
• one USB 2.0 port;
• Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2), 128-bit WEP encryption; and
• a built-in NAT firewall supporting NAT-PMP for features like Back to My Mac.

Time Capsule will be available in February through the Apple Store, at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$299 for a 500GB hard drive and $499 for a 1TB hard drive.

28 Comments

  1. Interesting…but…is THIS why Apple did not include wireless backups in the vanilla version of Time Machine, to avoid competing with their own product? Or will an upgraded version of Time Machine be able to work with airport drives now?

  2. If Apple is not going to let me connect my USB HDD to my new Airport Extreme Base Station, I’m seriously going to be grumpy. All I have is a notebook computer and having to plug that damned thing in every time I want to move is obnoxious as heck. And if they’re going to make me BUY my solution from them then boo on you.

  3. Sorry, Tommy, I’ve got one, too! Just bought on Black Friday.

    I, too, am going to be “seriously grumpy” if I can’t use my own HD on my current AEBS. I’d say that grumpy is an understatement!

  4. Buying Time Capsule would actually make sense to me. I have Airport Express and a 500 Gb external gard drive. I could ditch both of them with Time Capsule and save up some precious desktop space. Not to mention the fact that TC is a rather beautiful piece of hardware.

    But, Apple leaving out the option to connect a normal hard drive to AirPort Extreme would be truly evil.

  5. I’ve been holding off buying an 802.11n base station. But I’m also in the market for a 1TB backup drive. This is perfect! Too bad I’ll have to wait until February – the last day of the month I’ll bet.

    /and Apple gets another $500 from me. damn addiction.

  6. I don’t understand all this Apple is evil stuff. There’s a USB port on the thing. Why can’t you use you connect your USB hard drive to it and tell Time Machine to use that as your backup?

    @ Deep Dish
    Don’t the old airport extreme boxes also have USB? Can’t you use that as a wireless back up already? Am I missing something?

    @Saso
    why is it a racket? Because they’ve come up with a way to combine two devices into one?

  7. It really chokes me that Apple advertised wireless back-up to the present Airport Extreme, did not deliver (pulled any mention from the ads), and now is telling me I have to buy ANOTHER device to do my back-ups. I already bought the Extreme and a Hard Drive on their promises!!! Apple is seriously losing my respect as a customer.

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