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Apple intros 2TB Time Capsule, drops 1TB price

updated 10:00 am EDT, Thu July 30, 2009

New 2TB Time Capsule

Apple has quietly introduced an upgraded Time Capsule drive, which can now store as much as 2TB. The new capacity trumps an earlier 1TB option, which has been reduced in price to $299. The 2TB model is priced at $499.

Features of the combination router and network storage device are otherwise unchanged since a March revision. That update introduced simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, along with the ability to create separate networks, such as a guest account restricted to Internet access. It was also the last to include a sub-terabyte Time Capsule.

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  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    slow down Apple

    I used to think Apple needed to increase terabyte storage more an more as people's media libraries grew. I'm maxed out on my 500GB Time Capsule, and felt eventually I could easily max out a 1TB drive also. But I think in a short period of time people's habits are shifting, I know mine have. I've curbed my desire of holding every single second of media for eternity, and shifted to regularly cleaning out media I no longer care about or only streaming certain content.

  1. andrewbw

    Joined: Dec 1969


    speak for yourself

    I'm glad your backup needs are limited to just entertainment content. I have a tremendous amount of client design files, RAW photographic files, Photoshop documents, and other elements of my work across desktop and laptop computers. TV shows are the least of my backup concerns. Offering a 2GB Time Capsule, considering Time Machine's incremental backup strategy, makes all the sense in the world and makes it an even more compelling product for someone like me.

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just install a larger HD!

    It's fairly easy to upgrade the hard drive inside, isn't it?

  1. Chris Hutcheson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    larger internal drive

    It's certainly easy to install a larger internal hard drive, but then one needs something larger to back it up to....

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    on not upgrading hd

    I've done some research, which suggests that despite the debate on what "server-grade" hard drive means, Apple does use special drives in its Time Capsules, perhaps with custom firmware, and thus it might not be a good idea to install a regular hard drive purchased somewhere.

  1. chirpy22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just wish they would make a 2TB AppleTV. 160GB is weak.

  1. DeezNutts

    Joined: Dec 1969


    on not upgrading hd

    Apple does use special drives in its Time Capsules, perhaps with custom firmware, and thus it might not be a good idea to install a regular hard drive purchased somewhere.

    The drives inside the time capsule appear to be run of the mill Hard disks. Why would they go through the added cost of making a custom HD firmware when the device itself has firmware?

    Steve Jobs is known to wave a wand and coat each Time Capsule with magic dust so naturally the device will be capable of outliving anything else on the market regardless of the parts used.

    If you do swap your time capsule HD, just be aware that without this magic dust you have just turned your device into run of the mill peecee garbage instead of a magical insanely great apple product.

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