New Time Capsules to Run iOS on A4/A5 Processors?

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    Earlier this week, we noted that a number of Apple's retail stores have run dry of stocks of Time Capsules, AirPort Extremes, and in some cases AirPort Expresses, leading to speculation that a refresh could come at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference. Reports quickly arose claiming that Apple has been known to have at least internally tested new Time Capsules capable of caching software updates for Macs and iOS devices, delivering them quickly to the machines for updating.

    In a separate report, Ars Technica briefly notes that it has received word that the new Time Capsule may actually follow the pattern of the Apple TV, taking on an A4 or A5 processor from Apple and running iOS to manage the more advanced functions that could appear in the device.
    Harnessing the power of iOS directly within the Time Capsule device, even if on a scaled-down basis as in the Apple TV, naturally opens the door to further speculation of how Apple could tie together iCloud services with local storage on users' own networks, whether it be caching some iCloud content to the Time Capsule for faster access when on the local network or even pushing some of the Time Machine functions included on the current Time Capsule out to iCloud itself.

    Separately, we've heard an unconfirmed tip that iOS 5 may finally be bringing wireless syncing to iOS devices, including the intriguing claim that the wireless syncing could be performed directly with the new Time Capsules, bypassing the need to sync with a specific computer.

    Article Link: New Time Capsules to Run iOS on A4/A5 Processors?
     
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    Cant wait for this :)
     
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    Great. Now we have time capsule rumors! :rolleyes:

    Seriously though, next week will be quite interesting.
     
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    Awesome

    If the Time Capsules run iOS, there will be so much potential for media streaming. Especially once the jailbreak community gets a hold of it. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this is implemented.
     
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    Intriguing. Hopefully they'll drop the price on the darn things as well.
     
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    Awesome! Now not only do I get to drop $25-$129 on Lion and $25 on iCloud, but I also get to drop $600 for two new Time Capsules. This is turning into an expensive WWDC for me.
     
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    probably not but they might up the storage, to 2TB and 3TB :)
     
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    I know, right! :D

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    I'd prefer if they offered a mirrored raid option for more data security.
     
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    This is great news! This line was due for something new. Exciting to hear how Apple keeps making inroads to the living room.
     
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    I'd like to see the reverse. Give them the complete AppleTV treatment. Tiny $99 black boxes, no onboard storage. Put a bunch of USB ports on the back, all compatible with external hard drives or printers. Kill the Airport Extreme (or Time Capsule, depending on which name Apple wishes to keep.)
     
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    Seems clunky. Require a $200 piece of hardware to enable WiFi sync on iOS devices?
     
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    if the TC is going to iOS, then i'd be pretty sure the AE would got the same route (unless for some reason they are getting rid of the AE in favor of the TC).

    However I think it makes more sense to just purchase an AE and attach storage, that way you can get your RAID config if you so desire.
     
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    I love the news articles running up to an Apple event. Bring on Monday.
     
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    This is exciting.

    If it is anywhere near half as powerful (software wise) as Windows Home Server apple will truly be making the home space more interesting.
     
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    Makes sense to get as much use out of A5 as possible. Return on investment. Unification of kernels too makes development simpler
     
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    Great. Time for arn to create a “Time Capsule” section in the Buyer's Guide. :D
     
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    This is interesting, but... maybe not.

    What I Hope: Apple is using A4/5 + IOS because it provides a powerful, flexible, extensible environment. The new TC is an extensible media server that can handle 3rd-party services, protocols and content.

    What I Expect: Apple is only using A4/5 processor + IOS because it's convenient. The new TC has some really nice but limited media serving capabilities and is not extensible.
     
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    Server-Grade HD

    Maybe they'll match the product to their marketing this time around and REALLY put a server-grade hard drive in the thing.

    Oh, and some sort of RAID / mirroring / redundancy option would be nice.

    And drop the price a bit.
     
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    YES! I will be selling my current AirPort Extreme when these new ones come out. Trying to decide if I want an Extreme or a Time Capsule, though.

    What would be really awesome is if Apple provided an off-site backup option from the Time Machine to iCloud.
     
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    Hopefully these will operate as a deluxe AppleTV too. No need for two pieces of hardware.
     
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    All of these rumors are talking about what Apple is going to do with the Time Capsules... What about the Airport Extreme Base Station? Are they going to do away with them entirely and make me buy a Time Capsule if I want these new features? :confused:
     
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    guess which two pieces of hardware I just bought last month? lol
     
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    This could be big.

    I know at least one person who considered an iPad as her only computer at home but she gave up on that idea because of the need to sync it with a full computer.

    If a time-capsule really could sync/update/backup an iPad then I can think of 3 or 4 people I'd suggest an 'iPad-Time Capsule-Bluetooth Keyboard-Apple TV' home system to. *

    As iOS grows there will be more and more people who fit that profile.


    * These are people who currently own a single Macbook and only use 1/10th of its potential. So yes, that sort of customer does exist.
     

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