New Airport Extreme, iOS-friendly Time Capsules imminent?

New Airport Extreme, iOS-friendly Time Capsules imminent?

Information on Apple's new Airport Extreme 802.11n, dual-band routers has just hit the FCC, according to Engadget, who speculate:

it'll also arrive with support for the new three-stream standard for 450Mbps over both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac has a source that claims Time Capsules could be bumped up to 2TB and 3TB models, and both the Time Capsules and Airport Extreme could drop in price as well.

The big news for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users is the continuing rumors that Time Capsule could serve as a local cache for iCloud, or at the very least [download and cache [iOS 5](http://www.imore.com/ios] (and OS X Lion) software updates](http://www.imore.com/2011/06/02/apple-time-capsules-cache-ios-software-updates/).

The new Airport Extreme and Time Capsules could hit any day now. Anyone planning on jumping on them?

[Engadget, 9to5Mac]

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New Airport Extreme, iOS-friendly Time Capsules imminent?

11 Comments

Would be great if AirPort Extreme could communicate with my NAS to store those updates. I do not need Time Capsule

No need. I only see the iOS caching a benefit for small IT shops or establishments that need to "push" out updates for several iOS devices. For a home scenario, it's not a big deal to update a couple of devices. Plus, with iOS 5's incremental update feature, I don't see the big deal in caching that info on a Time Capsule.

Any idea yet if it allows port forwarding? Can you open ports to internal web servers, voip phone servers, etc. etc ??

It'd be nice if apple includes a http-based configuration page so it can be configured via iPhone/iPad. Or an Airport Utility app would work too. If they do, I'll get one.