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Apple testing pre-cached updates for Time Capsules

updated 10:45 am EDT, Thu June 2, 2011

Tech could be introduced next week

Future Time Capsules could be used to automatically cache updates for Macs and iOS devices, a report suggests. Apple is said to be testing the concept internally; in practice, a Time Capsule would learn which devices connect to it, and fetch updates in advance. If a person chose to install an update, the router would then use the local copy, 9to5 said, rather than start a new download.

The scheme is similar to one employed by Mac OS X Server, which would make it relatively easy to extend. It is also similar to technology employed by some BitTorrent-enabled NAS routers, which can be configured to download files overnight without connected computers being on. In Apple's case, it would allow some updates to be installed almost instantaneously.

Apple is currently said to be low on stock for at least the Time Capsule and the AirPort Extreme, although there are now conflicting reports about the AirPort Express. The company could be preparing to upgrade its routers to use update caching and/or 450Mbps peak speeds, matching the technology in 2011 iMacs and MacBook Pros. An announcement could be made at Apple's June 6th WWDC keynote.

by MacNN Staff



  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Thunderbolt connectivity...???

    ...if anyone has tried to archive or restore a drive from one of these puppies they might relate - 4 hours to overnight isn't particularly practical...?

  1. prl99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    precursor of things to come?

    With Time Capsule becoming a software update server (SUS), what's to stop Apple from bringing in other OSXServer capabilities to TC or releasing a NAS-type OSXServer? These won't replace the servers a lot of current OSXServer people have but it might provide them with some specific capabilities. If Apple were to provide a super-MacMini-type NAS device as a partial replacement to the retired XServe, I would be happy.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Heck, they haven't even put this into iTunes yet. You still have to connect your device for it to bother checking for an update, download it, and then install. You'd think it would be far simpler there...

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Good idea

    Makes the software update experience smoother. Yet another milestone that Android has no chance of ever achieving.

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