iPad Pro + Time Capsule = bye bye iMac?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Frznrth, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. Frznrth macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2015
    I have an old iMac that is loaded up with family photos/movies (currently at 156GBs worth). I need to find a way to expand my storage capacity and ditch the old imac while it still works. I purchased a 1 TB Time Capsule that I had planned on using as a wireless backup for a to be purchased mac book pro but looking at the cost and thinking I'll never use all the power of the MacBook pro (mostly I just wanted the 1 TB storage) I'm wondering if an iPad Pro with the Time Capsule as an external drive might work.

    My biggest concern is lag time to load/view photos and short home movies on the ipad that are stored on the Time Capsule. Will this be a pain in the butt?? - enough to make me fork over $$$$ for a mac book pro?

    I'm also going to set up an Icloud for the pics and attach an external drive to the Time Capsule for backups no matter which way I go.

    Thanks for the help.
  2. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    It would be slow time machines kind of suck as a nas. Better to get a airport extreme and a external HD. Or a real nas plus it costs less.
  3. Frznrth, Nov 15, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2016

    Frznrth thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2015
    Thanks. I'm guessing the AirPort Extreme would be acceptable for speed? Or would a real NAS be faster? How about ease of use for a real NAS? If faster that AE and easy to use any specific suggestions on which to buy? Reliability would be the biggest want.

    Would I use the time capsule just for backups? - is that all they are really good for?
  4. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    TC is slow.
    a real NAS, even those cheap low end ones are much faster than Time Capsule. and they mostly come with some additional softwares which can be really help with your photo/video needs.
  5. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

    M. Gustave

    Jun 6, 2015
    Grand Budapest Hotel
    iPad can't utilize Time Capsule. Save your photos on external storage for security, then use iCloud Photo Library as a great way to view, edit, and share them. You'll need the 200GB iCloud plan.

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