Buy Time Capsule now, or wait?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Gill Bates, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. Gill Bates macrumors member

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    Hi

    I'm looking into getting a Time Capsule 2TB.
    As wifi base station, file/printer server, and for wireless time machine backups.

    It's at least 2-3 years old now, but expensive.
    It does have 802.11AC though, which is still quite fresh.

    Should I buy it, or do you think Apple will launch any upgrade in the near future?
    Any rumors?
     
  2. mpainesyd macrumors 6502

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    See this thread
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/time-for-a-time-capsule-refresh.1589729/#post-21748622
     
  3. Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

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    There have been some advances in wifi chips that could be incorporated into a new model and they are way overdue for an update, but there have been no rumors at all. Like Sam said, get a refurb if you buy one.
     
  6. rigormortis macrumors 68000

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    If you buy the time capsule now, and a new one comes out, you can just buy a new AirPort Extreme as a base station and the time capsule you just bought as an extender
     
  7. Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

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    I just saw an offer for a used Time Capsule 1 TB 3rd generation, sold for about 80$.
    Wouldn't that be fine, and work for backups via wifi?
     
  8. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    Yeah, it wouldn't have 802.11ac but should work ok for backups.
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I would be wary. Some of the older models tended to fail prematurely (see this).
     
  10. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    I purchased a Refurbished 2TB TC last March from the Apple On-Line Store and "One-Happy-Camper" here! My vote: BUY!
     
  11. marioman38 macrumors 6502a

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    Got my 2TB refurb timecapsule in the mail from apple yesterday. $179 vs $299 new. Came with all the shrinkwrappning, not just on the box but the product too, literally couldn't distinguish from brand new!
     
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    Good Show! Last March I bought the same TC from the Apple On-Line Store and the price was $199.
     
  13. Gill Bates thread starter macrumors member

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    On second thought.. I think I will wait 6-12 months, and see if Apple dishes up an upgrade.
    I hope so.
    At least, I could find a cheap AC version then (I can't find any refurbished ones with ac now).
    But I'm in no hurry. Got an ok cabled solution until then

    Don't you think the odds are pretty good, that they will upgrade the TC line in the near future?
    Cycle wise, it makes sense to come in 2016.
     
  14. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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    Here is where you can get a cheap refurb current generation one: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/FE177LL/A/refurbished-airport-time-capsule-2tb

    I'm not sure if apple will be updating these soon or not, it's anybody's guess honestly.
     

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