Is Apple Planning on Updating AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule?


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It's less than a week until Steve Jobs takes takes the stage at Worldwide Developers Conference '11 (WWDC) and details the latest line of Apple software, which includes iOS 5 (for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone), Mac OS X Lion and iCloud. Could Apple have anything else up their sleeve? As we all know, it's not routine for them to tell the world what they are going to announce beforehand.

It seems that retailers have been running low on AirPort and Time Capsule supplies. This normally happens when Apple is planning a refresh. We don't know if that's the case right now, but the reports of shortages come from website TAUW. They say that a reader tipped them off and that one of their sources has confirmed that Apple Stores in their area are out of "no just the Express, but the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule as well." While another source they have says that supplies aren't and have not been constrained but "they 'may have' received a notice to send it's AirPort device inventory back."

That's not saying a lot yet, but what's interesting is that a source for 9to5Mac has informed the website that Apple has been internally testing Time Capsule devices that cache software updates for Mac OS and iOS. It's not clear whether this could be part of a WWDC reveal, but the stars seem to be aligning, and with the recent rumors of a MacBook Air refresh, it's very possible that Apple isn't letting us on to everything they have planned for WWDC this Monday.

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