iCloud Might Turn Time Capsule Into Your Own Personal Cloud of Awesome

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Cult of Mac is reporting through a source that iCloud, Apple's big and bright foray into the cloud, is going to be handled by your Time Capsule backer upper, putting the service directly in your home.

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This news, should it hold weight, is a little on the strange side. After all, why not host all that data out in their massive North Carolina data center? That would make some sense.

But renewing the Time Capsule makes perfect sense, too. We've already said that it's been due for an update since its last refresh in 2009. The new model will allegedly sport an A4 or A5 embedded processor and run on iOS. It'll be designed to automatically sync all your data—be they documents, pictures, or videos.

If you make any changes on any computer, those changes are updated through iCloud and stored on your Time Capsule. The Time Capsule archives and serves up your files even when your computers are off. When you get home and fire up your desktop computer or laptop, the files are automatically synced across your devices.

This service will also allow you to upload photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to your Time Capsule. The media will be stored on the device and be made available for other devices to sync. iCloud is the "conduit" through which everything moves, the source said.

All this sounds totally great, to be sure. It just makes it sound like the service will be tied very heavily into the Time Capsule hardware. What if I don't buy one? Is some other plan for their data center yet to be unveiled? [Cult of Mac via Business Insider]

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DISCUSSION

The5thElephant
The5thElephant

I think this makes sense when you are at home on your own WiFi, but I think it will be mirrored on Apple's servers as well for when you are out and about. Most people who don't have Verizon FiOS have terrible upload bandwidth (I get 15 mb/s down and like 3 mb/s up) which cripples most streaming services.

For example I use LogMeIn to access my computer from my iPhone, the app is fantastic, but the quality is crippled by my shitty home upload bandwidth. Same thing with streaming videos from my laptop to my iPhone.

I think this is an excellent idea if it mirrors what you have in the Apple servers though. Just like the earlier mentioned rumor that iOS and OSX updates will be cached in the Time Capsule for faster access.