Apple has refreshed its Time Capsule range doing away with the puny 1TB model and replacing it with a monstrous 3TB unit which will set you back £399.
While the refresh is hardly game-changing, it does show how times have changed from a few years ago when 1TB of data storage would have seemed like enough to see us through to our retirement. But such is the growth of the amount of data we store digitally that Apple has decided to do away with the smaller version of its Time Capsule and replace it with a 3TB model while holding on to the 2TB model for good measure. While the 3TB model will set you back £399, the 2TB model will cost £249 with both models dispatched within 24 hours according to Apple’s UK website.
Except for the extra storage, the router/hard drive combo will be identical to the older versions. As well as being a physical hard drive, the Time Capsule also functions as a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station. It operates in the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands simultaneously allowing you to connect a range of Wi-Fi devices including phones, tablets and the latest Macs which use the higher-speed 5GHz frequency. Time Capsule will work with any Mac using Mac OS X Leopard or later and links wirelessly to the Time Machine software automatically backing up everything without you having to remember to do it.