Originally Posted by isaidso
Not sure why it would be any lighter than the old unit (possible though doubt it). It does have internal power supply like the last one. And that's obviously at the foot of the unit. That's a pretty substantial weight.
it's heavier by .52 lbs. and uses .2A more power.
and it's about 40 cubic inches 'bigger'
but practically no taller than the old unit was wide
- Dimensions: 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 3.85 inches (98 mm) by 6.6 inches (168 mm)
- Weight: 2.08 pounds (945 grams)1
- Length: 6.5 inches (165 mm)
- Width: 6.5 inches (165 mm)
- Height: 1.3 inches (34 mm)
- Weight: 1.66 pounds (753 grams)
As for ports... same old same old. Given the number of people who get a 4 port cable modem 'for free' (where I hang my DMZ devices), I don't see the need, given the 'average' Apple 'centric' consumer needing more than 3 ports (Apple TV,Xbox/PS3, Laptop/Desktop).
Any house that has a data 'server' separate from the primary desktop (or TimeCapsule) in the house is 3 std deviations from the mean in terms of a consumer.
Apple's 'networking model' is the fastest wireless possible, hence pushing draft std 'n' and now 'ac' devices into their products. hence this.
As for Airport Expresses... my guess is that these will come when Apple TV upgrades to 'ac' mode (that being the smallest config that would see performance improvements: a new MBA & AppleTV with Airplay) and my guess that will come in the fall with the new 'ac' enabled phones and pads.