According to a recent report, supplies of Apple’s Time Capsule and Airport Extreme products have been tightening, possibly hinting at a product refresh that could coincide with WWDC.
The news comes from several different websites, however, 9to5Mac claims its “sources” have an idea of what the product refresh could bring. Namely, this could be the ability to have Time Capsules cache software updates for Macintosh computers and iOS devices.
Basically, the website suggests that an updated line of Time Capsules could “know” which Apple products connect to it via Wi-Fi, and cache updates for those particular products automatically. (Remember, Time Capsules double as routers.)
Once the Time Capsule has downloaded the software update, it could store it internally (on the device’s built-in HDD). Then, when users want to install updates for their Mac computers or iOS devices, they’ll be able to do so straightaway, as opposed to downloading the update from the Internet and then installing (which obviously takes longer).
However, another speculation suggested by the website involves Apple’s upcoming iCloud service, which will likely offer cloud-based storage for music and possibly other files, too. Perhaps the refreshed line of Time Capsules could interact with the online service?
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