new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule with 802.11ac

AirPort Family 2013

During today's WWDC 2013 Keynotes, Apple released redesigned AirPort base stations. The AirPort Extreme features a new look with smaller footprint and the next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi simultaneous dual-band with data rates up to 1.3 Gbps.

Time Capsule is now called AirPort Time Capsule, similar to the new AirPort Extreme in the new smaller footprint, new taller look, and also the next-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi simultaneous dual-band with data rates up to 1.3 Gbps. The storage for AirPort Time Capsule is available in either 2GB or 3GB providing wireless backup for OS X Leopard or later users.

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The new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule feature three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology with a maximum data rate of 1.3Gbps, almost three times faster than 802.11n. The new AirPort base stations include high-powered radios and a six-element beam-forming antenna array to maximise range and performance.

The new AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule feature smaller footprint, just 9.8cm by 9.8cm (or 3.85 inches by 3.85 inches) and 16.8 cm tall (6.6 inches). The AirPort Extreme weighs 945 grams (2.08 pounds), while the AirPort Time Capsule weighs 1.48 kg (3.26 pounds).

Both AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule provide a single USB port capable for connecting to printers and external hard drive.

AirPort Utility is also updated to version 6.3 (and version 1.3 for iOS) with the ability to configure and manage the new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule with 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

802.11ac is currently based on IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. Once the specification is finalised, it is expected Apple will provide the firmware update to the device.

The new AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule base stations are available today. AirPort Extreme is available for a suggested retail price of US$199 (or A$249 incl GST). AirPort Time Capsule comes in two models: 2TB of storage for US$299 (or A$349 incl GST) and 3TB of storage for US$399 (or A$449 incl GST).

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Posted by Antony at June 11, 2013 1:24 AM

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