Apple finally updated their Time Capsule backup appliance to take advantage of the new 3TB drives that have been available for several months. Despite the jump in capacity by 50%, the prices have remained the same – a common Apple tactic which they introduce new devices.
The new Apple Time Capsule is relatively compact, measuring 7.7-inches on a side and just 1.4-inches tall. It weighs three and a half pounds. Each backup appliance can operate on both Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) and wired (three Gigabit Ethernet downstream ports) networks for moving data between computers.
In addition to the 2 or 3TB hard drive that sits inside the device, the Time Capsule has a single USB 2.0 port on the back that can be used to hook up an additional external hard drive or hard drive array (that presents itself as a single hard drive). It can also be used to make a printer available across the network.
Apple makes the claim that the hard drives within each Time Capsule are specially certified:
The massive 2TB or 3TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need for backing up all your Mac computers.”
Teardowns, however, have revealed bog standard Western Digital Caviar Green drives. They’re great drives and all; they’re simply not server-grade.
Despite the Mac-centric nature of the unit, the Time Capsule uses several industry standard protocols, which means that Windows and even Linux PCs can join in the fun, too – they just can’t take advantage of Apple’s slick Time Machine interface. The new units are available now from Apple and in retail stores – the 2TB model costs $299 while the 3TB model runs an extra two hundred at $499.