Originally Posted by solipsism
I understand that some will only need/want the single drive of the current TC for backup, but the way I see it if you a) have several machines connecting to one server it gets filled up pretty quickly with backups, and b) if you move to a SSD card or on-board NAND, like the MBAs and iDevices respectively, you don't have much (if any) data redundancy unless you then add a 3rd-party HDD to the device.
I really don't see Time Capsule as an ultimate back up devices. As you point out it is just a single disk. In a nut shell it helps to protect you from yourself. Adding iOS to a Time Capsule just offers up the possibility of a more useful device.
I'm not saying Time Capsule is all that one needs for backups because in simplest terms it is not a back up device. At least not in the way I've imagined backups. Especially in the context of one being used in conjunction with an AIR like device, if that Time Capsule becomes an alternative to local storage.
All of this does have me wondering if what we are hearing about might effectively be a TB dock for the new AIRs. The dock itself would be an iOS computer supporting both your laptop and tablet devices. In this role the device is even less of a backup device.
I'd love to see a higher-end option that isn't too far from the LaCie product below.
Interesting as I've been looking at products from Synology and never thought to look at LaCie. I can see a RAIDed NAS box taking on the role of a backup more so than TimeCapsule.
If they can do it with Atom processors Apple could surely do it with A4 and iOS as a base OS like in the AppleT
Nice pic. In any event Apple could potentially do a lot with an A5 innsuch a box. IOS is effectively UNIX below the GUI so there likely would be limited development effort required. That is Apple would just need to slap on an iOS GUI to existing Unix capabilities.
PS: One thing iOS has never done is connect via SATA or a HDD. This will be a new change. Even the new AppleTV dropped the HDD and moved to on-board NAND.
The OS kernel in iOS is very very similar to the Macs kernel. As such porting in new functionality should be a snap. In fact I wouldn't be surprised to find that they have had iOS hooked up to disks for some time now. As to AppleTV that was a huge cost savings from what I can see. 8GB of flash is dirt cheap now adage.
PPS: WIll any new TC only have 450Mb/s WiFI (I think that's a given) and Ethernet, or will it have Thunderbolt, too.
Good question and the reason not to jump to a purchase prior to the machines coming out. I'm really thinking that we will see a Time Capsule like device that is actually a laptop doc Not a passive dock either but rather an intelligent device that provides lite server duties and other capabilities.
It does make sense for Apple to pimp Thunderbolt if they want to succeed but the nature of a the AEBS and TC don't really lend to such a connection so I'm going to say no on that one.
Anything can be remained and improved. The AIRs are a perfect example of taking a failure and turning it into a market darling. Admittedly storage and networking boxes are boring but that doesn't mean that Apple can't turn them into something beyond what is currently in the market.
Only like 5 or so hours left to go. We will either have our minds blown or be extremely disappointed. I'm optimistic. In part because they (Apple) needs to put TB to work in ways that drive sales.