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Apple make something useful ?!

Apple make something useful ?!

Let’s face it, while most of Apple’s products have been somewhat cool and nifty, they’ve never actually been particularly useful. Or innovative in terms of functionality, for that matter. MP3 players were around before the iPod came out. Mobile phones were around before the iPhone came out.

But now, Apple have brought out something that – to my mind – no-one else has done yet, and is genuinely useful.

The Apple Time Capsule is a router with a built-in hard drive. Simple as that. Apple sell it as a way of doing automatic backups – but think about it. A router with a built-in hard-drive. In one fell swoop you remove the need for a modem, a router and a network hard drive in one go. I really really want one.

Shame it probably won’t work with PCs.

Oh, and don’t get me started on the Apple Macbook Air. In a world where we’re trying to make things last longer, Apple bring out a product that becomes landfill trash after three years. It’s almost as if Apple is sticking its tongue out at Greenpeace

4 Comments

  • Erm… but you *have* a modem/router so what's the problem with just getting a network hard drive anyway? Hard drives are fairly prone to failure anyway, and it's awkward enough when one fails. Imagine the pain in the arse if you lost your router/modem at the same time.

    Nah, IT stuff is like hi-fi equipment. Separates are better. And Hi-fi stuff usually comes in a nice, sexy black. Not bloody cheap-looking white like all the Apple kit.

  • Ian Fenn

    The Apple Time Capsule has one advantage against an Apple Extreme + USB drive – It actually *works* with Leopard. (Apple Extreme + USB drive = very iffy. Apparently "engineering are aware".)

    The MacBook Air has actually been lauded by Greenpeace for Apple's attempts to keep environmental impact down to a minimum…

  • On the other hand, who gives a stuff about Leopard when you could be using a proper OS like Vista.

    Wait.

    I need a better argument than that *backpedals very fast indeed*

    Greenpeace won't be chuffed when they start to break and get thrown out like those flimsy iPod things. Typically Apple – form over function. Looks great, thin as a sheet of paper, snaps like a twig. Give it a couple of months and the top-selling accessory will be a solid, transparent "travel-case" you can use to protect it, and which bulks it up to twice the dimensions.

  • For backups, use Jungledisk. It's perfect, and is fire-in-your-house proof, unlike the Time Capsule. and a damn sight cheaper.

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