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Apple unveiled new Time Capsule wireless router / hard drive combo options today, including a 3 TB version that ups the maximum storage available for the device. It’s a sign that despite its move to the cloud, Apple still respects the average Mac users’ local storage needs.

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Apple unveiled Final Cut Pro X  Tuesday morning, but it also took the lid off of a new Time Capsule model (via MacRumors). Apple’s combo wireless router / backup hard drive now comes in 2 TB and 3 TB flavors, instead of the 1 TB and 2 TB varieties that were on offer until Tuesday morning. Like its predecessor, the new Time Capsule offers support for 802.11a/b/g/n wireless, as well as 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz simultaneous dual-band networking.

The new  2 TB Time Capsule will now retail for $299, and the new 3 TB option will take its place in the $499 range. Since the Time Capsule’s introduction in 2008, Apple has offered a lower-tier offering with less storage for $299, and one with more space for $499.

While Apple may be focusing on the cloud with its recent product announcements, its nice to see that it’s still thinking about those who prefer a more local networked storage option. Bandwidth limits may preclude some users from ever being able to fully embrace a cloud storage and streaming computing model, but local streaming is a good alternative for those who still want to feel untethered.

Apple has been rumored to be working on updates to its line of wireless devices since low stock of AirPort devices was reported earlier this month. Just this week, the FCC posted a test report describing new Apple wireless hardware, which was likely describing the new Time Capsules unveiled today.

It’s not yet clear whether the Time Capsule update brings new features beyond expanded storage options, or whether Apple other AirPort devices will also receive updates. We’ll keep you informed as developments arise.

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