Time Capsule Upgraded to 3TB; Airport and Macbook Air Refreshes Close Behind? (Update)

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There's been a lot of speculation about all three of these products, but Apple is putting some of them to rest by making with the upgrades. That's right; Apple finally bumped Time Capsule to 3TB. How much longer until cheaper Airport Extremes and Sandy Bridges MBAs?


All three product lines have been wanting of some Apple love for a little while now. Rumors abounded during WWDC that the Airport and especially the Time Capsule would tie into iCloud in some way, shape, or form. Such hopes were all but dashed, but no matter. Time Capsule will as of now feature increased storage and faster backup. The Extreme has been rumored to receive a price drop, as well.

Update: Apple has officially discontinued the 1TB option. The 2 and 3TB Time Capsule will retail for $299 and $499, respectively.

As for the Air, Apple hasn't made an official announcement, but it's looking good. According to CNet, Intel has officially moved over to the fast and power-efficient Sandy Bridges that will surely make the ultraportable that much faster than its current configuration. The lineup includes:

Core i7-2677M: 2 cores, 1.8 GHz (turbos to 2.9GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $317
Core i7-2637M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.8GHz), 4MB cache, 17 watts, $289
Core i5-2557M: 2 cores, 1.7GHz (turbos to 2.7GHz), 3MB cache, 17 watts, $250

All three will probably see retail in the very near future, but we're playing the waiting game until then. [9to5 Mac via MacRumors, Cnet via MacRumors]


Was the dying hard drive problem of the previous gen TC's ever fixed? The "one click" comment on the Apple website reminded me of that, heh.

So no Extreme update, but Thunderbolt aside I don't see how much they could have upgraded that until the next wireless protocol arrives.

Turbo Boost and hyperthreading will really make the Air much more viable IMO. The current one is zippy with the SSD, but you can feel it hit the processor limits. With Turbo Boost especially, it should be faster than current Core 2 Duo non-ULV laptops in many tasks, making switching over much more appealing to owners of Core 2 Duo laptops like me.