updated 02:40 pm EDT, Tue October 20, 2009
Devices integrate new antenna design
Alongside the announcements of new Macs and the Magic Mouse, Apple on Tuesday quietly introduced updated AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule devices. Like its predecessor, the new AirPort Extreme base station utilizes the same dual-band communication on the 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. A redesigned antenna, however, is claimed to improve data speeds by up to 50 percent, while extending the effective range by 25 percent.
The latest Time Capsule storage devices also integrate the improved antenna design. According to Apple, refinements to Time Machine on Snow Leopard and the Time Capsules should lead to back-up times 60 percent faster than with the earlier technology.
The Airport Extreme base station is now available for $179, while the Time Capsule is available with 1TB or storage for $299 or a 2TB drive for $499.