Apple Announces Time Capsule
Wireless Backup for all Your Macs
MACWORLD SAN FRANCISCO–January 15, 2008–Apple today introduced Time
Capsule, a backup appliance that automatically and wirelessly backs up
everything on one or more Macs running Leopard, the latest release of
Apple’s Mac OS X operating system including the amazing Time Machine
automatic backup software. Time Capsule combines an 802.11n base station
with a server grade hard disk in one small package. Simply plug it in, then
easily set up automatic wireless backup for every Mac in your house to a
single Time Capsule with just a few clicks. Time Capsule offers the
benefits of a full-featured 802.11n Wi-Fi base station, and comes in two
models: a 500 gigabyte model for just $299 and a 1 terabyte model for just
“Bring Time Capsule home, plug it in, click a few buttons on your Macs and
voila–all the Macs in your house are being backed up automatically, every
hour of every day,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Time Capsule and
Time Machine, all your irreplaceable photos, movies and documents are
automatically protected and incredibly easy to retrieve if they are ever
Built to work seamlessly with Time Machine, Time Capsule lets users
wirelessly back up all of the data on their Macs, find lost files and even
restore all of their software. In the event a file is lost, users can
wirelessly search back through time to find deleted files, applications,
photos and other digital media and then instantly restore the file. If it’s
ever necessary, Leopard can also easily restore an entire system from the
Time Machine backup on Time Capsule.
In addition to being the best way to back up a Mac, Time Capsule is also a
full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11n technology.
Delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g,
802.11n* is built in to Apple’s iMac desktop and the entire Mac notebook
line up, including MacBook, MacBook Pro and the new MacBook Air. Time
Capsule features a sleek design with a built-in power supply and
connections to print wirelessly to a USB printer. With Time Capsule, it’s
very easy for users to create a secure, wireless network for up to 50 users
and set security restrictions such as Internet access limits for children’s
At $299 for a 500GB model and $499 for a 1TB model and a fully integrated
802.11n AirPort Extreme Base Station, Time Capsule can serve as a backup
solution for multiple computers as well as the backbone for a high-speed,
802.11n wireless network, making it effortless and affordable for everyone
at home, school or work to protect their digital files.
Additional Time Capsule features include:
* dual-band antennas for 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequencies;
* three Gigabit LAN ports;
* one Gigabit Ethernet WAN port;
* one USB 2.0 port;
* Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA-2), 128-bit WEP encryption; and
* a built-in NAT firewall supporting NAT-PMP for features like Back to My Mac.
Pricing & Availability
Time Capsule will be available in February through the Apple Store
(www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers
for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for a 500GB hard drive and $499
(US) for a 1TB hard drive.
*Time Capsule is based on an IEEE 802.11n draft specification. Actual
performance will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions,
size of network and other factors.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple
II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its
award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional
applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with
its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has
entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.