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Time Capsule shipping Sunday, new ones in Jan.?

updated 09:05 am EST, Fri February 22, 2008

Time Capsule on Sunday?

Apple's Time Capsule backup drive, initially announced at Macworld last month, is behind in shipments but will officially hit store shelves on Sunday, February 24th. Although Apple's online store only lists the device as shipping in "February," a Best Buy circular for next week lists the 500GB and 1TB Time Capsules as shipping on February 24th. "Most" Best Buy outlets will have three or four Capsules in stock, the tip says. [updated]

Of note is that the circular also indicates an end date for the current Capsules, scheduled for January 1st, 2009. This may imply that Apple will introduce upgraded Time Capsules in roughly the same timeframe; if this occurs at the next Macworld Expo, the end date would give retailers enough time to clear out remaining inventory.




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  1. paduck

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    clearing out inventory

    I can't imagine they are thinking about clearing out inventory before they even get the first product in to sell. I imagine that 1 January 2009 date is just a place holder. Not that I don't believe an upgrade is coming in the future or even that January 2009 make sense - just that Apple isn't going to share that information with Best Buy. A good comparison would be if the iMacs of Airport Extreme, or iPods are carrying a similar placeholder date in the Best Buy inventory system.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Will these run 24/7...

    ...or spin down between backups to save the 'juice'...?

  1. dampeoples

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Time Capsule

    I wonder if it is possible to use the extra space on the drive as an external Apple TV drive.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Only 1TB! :(

    Hello! :)

    The maximum capacity of the Time Capsule is sorely disappointing. How do I backup my iMac which itself has a one terabyte hard drive, nearly full? :(

  1. adrianm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @guest

    you always download all that p*** again :)

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    @guest

    The solution was meant for laptops, who tend to operate wirelessly around the house, rather than desktops that tend to be tethered in one place. In the case of the desktop, you can afford to have an external hard drive right next to the computer with whatever storage size your heart desires.

    With laptops, I think the hard drive options max out at 160GB for non aftermarket options, so 1TB is just dandy.

  1. Tofino

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: only 1tb! :(

    do you really want to back up 1 TB over wireless or even ethernet? for that amount of data i think an external firewire drive makes more sense. at least that's the conclusion i've come to, being in the same situation.

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    @guest

    You are so right - HELLOOO! Only 1 TB? They clearly didn't have YOU in mind when they were wondering how much space would be enough. What WERE they thinking?

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    500GB is plenty

    What the h*** do you guys store on your hard drives? Jeez, I've got a 120GB in my system now and there's plenty of free space left. Maybe I'm just more frugal about storing things. MP3s, etc. are backed up on DVDs rather than wasting space on the hard drive.

    I'm seriously considering the small Time Capsule. It will serve my needs quite well.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Not really shipping now..

    Printing flyers involves a certain "lead time" that can up to several weeks. That may explain why, if you try to actually order a Time Capsule from Best Buy, you get thi noticifations:

    Backordered: Usually leaves our warehouse within 1-2 weeks Store Pickup: Available at most stores, 3/10-3/21/200

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