Last night, Apple released Airport Utility 5.5.3, a minor bug release update for both Apple’s AirPort Extreme base stations as well as Time Capsule. More interesting, though, is reference within the update to incoming updates to Apple’s two wireless routers. Are these the iOS-running, A5-equipped Time Capsules we’ve been waiting for?
MacRumors also found reference within the update to future AirPort Extreme and Time Capsules that can store software updates. Here’s the reference:
bsUP.productName” = “Store Apple software updates on this %@”;
“bsUP.description” = “Apple software updates that are copied to this %@ are available to anyone using this network.”;
K31 K30B Time Capsule (Simultaneous Dual-Band, Gen3)
K10B Apple AirPort Extreme (Simultaneous Dual-Band, Gen3)
Running up to this year’s WWDC, many rumors suggested that Apple would unveil new Time Capsules and AirPort Extremes that used Apple’s own A5 CPU and iOS operating system to store software updates for devices that connect to the network.
In addition, Cult of Mac exclusively reported that future Time Capsules would tie into iCloud and allow you to stream your home media connection over the net. Such functionality was not announced at WWDC, but our source still tells us it’s coming, and fills the “streaming” hole of the iCloud feature set Steve Jobs did reveal at WWDC.
What do you think? What sort of functionality would you like to see in new Time Capsules?