An interesting rumor is claiming that Apple will update their Time Capsule at WWDC in conjunction with the announcement of iCloud. Specifically, it’s rumored that the new Time Capsule will act as a personal server for media to be stored on a specific iCloud account.

Apple’s Time Capsule currently acts as a wireless backup/router utility for Macs on a home network. After tomorrow’s keynote, a new version of the Time Capsule could allow you to archive and store files on iCloud for storage. The Time Capsule’s iCloud archives would be available for access on iOS devices…

Cult of Mac,

“According to the source, Apple has developed a system to make users’ Time Machine backups available through its new iCloud service.

This is the “Home Folder” access concept that we’ve detailed before (how it will be accessed using NFC iPhones and the role of the Mac App Store). All your files and data — pictures, videos, Word and Excel documents, and so on — will be available anytime, anywhere, on both Mac OS X and iOS devices.”

The general assumption was that iCloud would use Apple’s new data center in North Carolina for storing files, but this Time Capsule rumor points towards a more locally-stored solution.

“Our source didn’t have any information about the hardware, but detailed how the Home Folder access system works. Files saved on your computer are backed up instantly to Time Capsule, which makes them available to remote Macs and iOS devices.

If you make any changes on any computer, those changes are updated through iCloud and stored on your Time Capsule. The Time Capsule archives and serves up your files even when your computers are off. When you get home and fire up your desktop computer or laptop, the files are automatically synced across your devices.

This service will also allow you to upload photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to your Time Capsule. The media will be stored on the device and be made available for other devices to sync. iCloud is the “conduit” through which everything moves, the source said.”

This whole process sounds a lot like Dropbox, but it will be interesting to see what spin Apple puts on their upcoming cloud-sync technology.

I’m not sure how I feel about the possibility of needing to buy a new Time Capsule to get the most out of iCloud. It doesn’t seem like Apple would require more hardware to be bought for a cloud-based service.

What do you think? Would you be willing to buy a Time Capsule for an enhanced iCould experience?

  • Dodgerdeezy

    I want to buy the iconfusion app to help me understand icloud app and then I will take my iPhone and iPad and put it in an ibox and use my ishovel app to bury it in my ibackyard

  • Timohty/klouud

    Apple makes everything easy and convenient… the only problem is that you have to pay a premium to play with Apple stuff.

  • Mripod64

    Mmmm…seeing as I dont have one anyways…no I don’t think I would

  • I really like this idea. I would assume that Apple wouldn’t require you to buy a Time Capsule to get the most out if iCloud, but owning a Time Capsule might get you extra features. I can’t wait to see what they come up with 🙂

  • Paul

    Just like a NAS drive!!.. It’s about time there will be one that actually intergrates with idevices !

  • RG

    so much for speculation buzz… noone has a clue of what will be announced tomorrow… just will guesses and then uf you hit one by mere coincidence… see… told ya they were planning it !!

    best advise… wait until tomorrow 😉

  • moimoimoimoi

    why dont you noobs just use Subsonic??? not only is it free, you can use it on any hardware (much cheaper) and load it up with every single format of music/movie (not just apple ‘approved’) then stream it to your devices through apps (like iSub) or just the web

    why do we need Apple or Google ???