Apple Rolls Out Upgraded AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule

By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-03-03 Print this article Print

Apple announced an upgraded AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule as part of a big rollout day that also revealed the new Mac Pro and updates to the iMac and Mac mini desktop lines. Both the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule will feature a Guest Network feature that allows users to set up a secondary network with Internet-only access.


Apple on March 3 announced upgrades to its AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi Base Station and Time Capsule wireless hard drive, as part of a big day of rollouts that also saw it issue a handful of new Macs.

The AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule will now include dual-band Wi-Fi broadcasting on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. In addition, the devices feature a Guest Network feature that lets users create a secondary network accessible only via the Internet, without needing to give guests a Wi-Fi password.

Time Capsule will retail for $299 for the 500GB model, and $499 for the 1TB model.

The AirPort Extreme will retail for $179.

Earlier on March 3, Apple also announced the rollout of a new Mac Pro that featured the Intel "Nehalem" Xeon processor, as well as updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop lines.

Additions to the latter include a 24-inch iMac and a Mac mini with Nvidia GeForce 9400M integrated graphics. 

Anticipation for the new Apple products rocketed to high levels over the past few days, with Web sites even displaying a photo of a giant wooden box that, it was heavily hinted, contained the new Mac Pro. None of these sites or blogs, however, broke Apple's information embargo for fear of the company's real-or-imagined wrath.


Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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