Apple quietly updates AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule

While Apple's announcements of new iMacs, a remodeled MacBook, updated Mac minis, and a new multitouch mouse have dominated Tuesday’s tech news, the company also quietly updated two of its wireless products.

According to Apple’s Web site, the AirPort Extreme Base Station now sports “improvements in antenna design” that allegedly provide up to 50 percent better Wi-Fi performance and up to 25 percent better range than the previous iteration. Its price remains $179.

Improvements to Apple’s combination wireless access point and NAS drive, Time Capsule, are even more vague, although they’re provided by both new hardware and improvements in Snow Leopard. Apple’s site claims only that “new technologies in Time Capsule and refinements to Time Machine make backing up to Time Capsule using Snow Leopard up to 60 percent faster than before.” Prices remain at $299 for a 1TB model and $499 for a 2TB model.

The new models are shipping immediately, with online Apple Store availability shown as one to three days.

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