iOS 5 Includes Airport and Time Capsule Setup Software

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    One of the major highlights of Apple's iOS 5 discussion at the WWDC keynote was "PC Free" a series of changes designed to make it easier for users to own an iOS device without the need for a Mac or PC for activation, syncing, and other activities.

    Apple noted during the event that it is increasingly hearing from users who want an iPad or iPhone to be their only Internet-connected device, and changes such as on-device activation, over-the-air software updates, as well as app enhancements such as calendar creation/deletion and new photo editing features are making it easier for users to cut the cord.

    As noted by 9 to 5 Mac, Apple has even included in iOS 5 tools to allow users to set up AirPort and Time Capsule base stations, removing yet another obstacle to removing the Mac and PC from the equation entirely.

    Article Link: iOS 5 Includes Airport and Time Capsule Setup Software
  2. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Very cool idea. :) Like most routers that require just a web browser to setup it's nice to see that Apple is letting users setup their access points without the need to rely on a specific computer application. Having this on the iPhone is a very cool and handy feature!

    Thankfully Wi-Fi isn't turned off by default like some routers I've setup... :p
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    Can iOS backup to, and ultimately restore from, a Time Capsule?

    If not seems an obvious extension.
  4. LimeiBook86 macrumors 604


    May 4, 2002
    Go Vegan
    Hmmm interesting. With all this iCloud and iTunes Wi-Fi syncing it would be interesting to have your whole iTunes library on a Time Capsule... however a computer is probably still needed to update/sync items. Maybe if the new Time Capsules had an A4 chip in there they can handle it. But who knows what Apple has up their sleeves. ;)
  5. Hydramus macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    As there is the ability to back up your iOS devices to the iCloud and restore from, I doubt they will impliment this feature as it probably would be redundant.
  6. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
  7. Biolizard macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2008
    London, United Kingdom
    Correct me if I'm wrong, but iCloud won't back up stuff like text messages and application data (data saved by the app through usage, not the app itself), so there is still a gap that the Time Capsule can fulfil.
  8. sweex macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2009
    Ow nice! I often take my airport express with me and need to change the settings to the environment so it will come in handy not needing a computer every time.
  9. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    ICloud does back that stuff up, but unlike apps they go towards your 5 GB limit.
  10. Peteman100 macrumors 6502

    Apr 28, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    Lends some credability to the Time Capsule refresh rumors
  11. thatisme macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2010
    United States
    ok, now does this open the door for airport configurations? There were concerns a while back about using an airport express while travelling with an iPad in hotels with just wired connections in the rooms... will we now be able to actually configure the airport express from the ipad in order to make it work with these locations?
  12. dage007 macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2003
    Does the time capsule or airport extreme require a firmware upgrade? I am not seeing mine with the new OS. I am connected via wifi to my airport extreme.
  13. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    This. I have it set up so it works most places (extend network), but just in case it would be good to be able to tweak it.
  14. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Not sure why. Why wouldn't this work with existing models? It appears to be the same as the Airport Config utility except built for iOS--that's just software.
  15. cere macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2008
    I've been wanting this for years and even wrote Apple about creating an Airport Admin app for iOS. Nice to see.
  16. Gotta Hankerin macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2010
    Necessary for videos in iTunes in the cloud

    Apple made three clear points: iTunes in the cloud is not a streaming service, the PC is no longer the digital hub, and they still hold true that users want local files for immediate access and playback of favorites. So when Apple adds video to it's cloud service how will that work within those parameters? I think the solution is a video hub at the router level that stores your latest videos and favorites for immediate playback. The rest of your catalog is available in the cloud for download anytime, from any device.
  17. bacaramac macrumors 65816


    Dec 29, 2007
    I have a feeling that a new TC will be release that supports iTunes libraries for iOS. I am guessing that it will be based on Home Sharing and will allow you to purchase movies either direct download to iOS device or a TC. I think this is awesome as it would allow you to not have your Mac running 24/7 to gain access to iTunes library on iOS devices and Apple TV.

    EDIT: I don't see Apple Supporting iCloud for movies and not providing a local solution via TC as well. I see a lot of good things coming out of iCloud and the whole "cut the cord" approach they are moving to.
  18. Richdmoore macrumors 65816


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    I carry my airport express router for when the hotels I stay at only have wired service. Being able to reconfigure on the go is a much needed feature.
  19. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    You can do your iTunes backup to the cloud. I tried it and used all 5GB of space....
  20. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
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    Unfortunately they didn't show a new TC. I finally want to cut the cord between my apple tv and my mac. Perhaps in September when they hold their iPod event.
  21. jonnysods macrumors 601


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Now THAT is cool. I can set this up or modify anywhere in my house now.

    Who knows? Perhaps in a few more revisions of the iPad my house will be computer free!
  22. registerednerd macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2010
    How did you go about it? The reason that Apps, Books, and Purchased Music don't count is because they don't actually store your copy of the song (or other stuff), they just put a flag on your account that you've bought it, and will allow you to download Apple's copy of it again. If you manually uploaded the music files, then that's making another copy under your storage space, which you don't need to do.
  23. justinfreid macrumors 6502


    Nov 24, 2009
    NEW Jersey / USA
    I have, too. Since there's no web browser based access, configuring an AirPort Express, for instance, with only and iPad or iPhone has been impossible.

    It seems like someone loosened the reins on the iOS development team for version 5.
  24. RayK macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Used to do this myself. Very much needed I'd say!
  25. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    This is totally the wrong approach. Creating an iOS app to manage Time capsule and Extreme which now adds to the Mac and Windows versions is an unnecessary and wasted effort. A much better approach would be a Web interface like every other router on the market. It is unbelievable that in 2011 there is no Web interface to manage these devices.

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