Apple unveils new Time Capsules

After weeks of leaks and rumors, the updated Time Capsule is finally unveiled.

The Time Capsule models have finally been revealed on Apple's Web site.

After weeks of leaks and rumors, Apple has finally unveiled its updated Time Capsule model.

Apple's network attached storage device will now be available in 2TB and 3TB capacities for $299 and $499, respectively. (Before today, the $299 bought the 1TB model and the 2TB model cost $499.) Apple's online store is reporting that both models ship within 24 hours. However, we stopped in a Manhattan Apple Store earlier today, and the new Time Capsules were not yet available.

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Aside from the change in storage capacity and pricing, the new Time Capsule models appear to have identical appearance, specs, and capabilities as their predecessors--though that could theoretically change once Apple's new computer (Mac OS X Lion) and mobile (iOS 5) operating systems are rolled out.

In addition to Time Capsule, Apple has also apparently upgraded its wireless router product, the AirPort Extreme. That model was leaked just hours earlier thanks to its FCC filing. However, it's unclear what, if anything, has changed on the new Extreme model; it has the same price ($179) and specs, just a different part number (moving from MC340LL/A to MD031LL/A).

Now that these networking products have been updated, attention will turn to the other imminent Apple hardware refreshes that remain the subject of rampant speculation. New Mac Pro and Mac Mini desktops and MacBook Air ultraportable laptops are expected later this summer.

CNET will have reviews of the updated Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme as soon as we get our hands on them.