Yesterday, Apple released an update for the AirPort Utility version 5.5.3 for Mac (10.8 MB) and Windows (10.1 MB), which is designed to administer a wireless base stations such as AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme and multifunctional Time Capsule. But in addition to correct the problem, leading to an unexpected termination of the program during setup, attentive user found a few pleasant surprises.
A few days before WWDC, I have already told our readers about the dwindling stocks of Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme, is usually indicative of an imminent renewal of the products in the near future. Even then there were suggestions that Apple is ready to launch the next generation of devices compatible with the new cloud service iCloud, but they were not represented either at the opening of a world conference for developers (it was said that it is updated gadgets can show a firm «One more thing … “), nor to the present.
Curious users in parallel with the authors of the blog 9to5Mac found in the files accompanying the update AirPort-utility reference to the next generations of wireless products from Apple, including the AirPort Extreme Base Station and Time Capsule – line «AirPort Extreme Base Station 802.11n (5th Generation)» and «Time Capsule 802.11n (4th Generation)»:
Also, these files were found mention one more interesting opportunity to download software updates in the background to continue to send them to computers and mobile gadgets in a matter of seconds, and users will not have to wait until the download process. These lines are as follows:
“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.”;
That’s what they say on the subject of anonymous sources and blogs 9to5Mac, who provided a similar description of this function directly before the start of the presentation by Steve Jobs, WWDC 2011 opening:
We know that Apple has implemented internal testing of a new generation of Time Capsule, which allows caching software update for Mac and iOS-devices. As far as we have heard, it works this way: the new Time Capsule gets a list of devices connected to it via Wi-Fi, then connects to the server and downloads the latest Apple firmware updates or programs for these products.
And when the user is required to install these updates, Time Capsule, which is also a router that directs the device to locally stored updates, rather than downloading it all over the internet.
Unfortunately, these “anonymous sources” indicate that testing of this feature is already long enough, even before the announcement iCloud, but somehow still was not “launched on the water.” In addition, rumors continue to circulate that the next generation of wireless AirPort-devices will run on processors A4/A5, which are now used in the iPhone and iPad.