Apple quietly extends first-gen Time Capsule warranty
Apple has tacitly extended the warranty period on Time Capsule hard drive-equipped wireless routers released between February and June 2008.
The Time Capsule was launched in January of that year, but didn't ship until the following month. Punters were pleased with the machine's merger of 500GB or 1TB "server grade" - according to Apple - storage and 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking.
As of 15 February 2010, the site had recorded 2500 dead TCs. The histories of all those machines show the average lifespan of the hardware to be 19 months 20 days.
The units that failed were first-generation TCs that shipped during the period Apple has only now - nine months on from the first reports mentioning the problem - said it is extending warranty coverage.
In practice, this means Apple will repair or replace your first-gen TC if it dies. It also said it will refund money it has been paid for past repairs to TCs sold within the stated period.
The warranty extension runs to three years from the original date of purchase. Full details on Apple's website here. ®
I have a 1TB 1st gen and it's been doing fine for a while. Good wireless, good backups, can't complain.
By server grade HD, I think they mean in mean lifetime hours like WD categorizes their drives (green, blue black). It would be nice if they were RAID 1, but it's still a good unit.
I'm not sure, but possibly...
I guess it depends a lot on what kind of computer user a person is. No matter what kind of computer hardware someone buys, you can't always convince them that investing a little time and trouble to understand and better utilize the extremely powerful piece of equipment they just parked on their desktop is a good idea. Those people have to take what they are given...if they bother at all.
Only just noticed that?
Well said sir!
Love my Mac machines, but for 500 sovs I can buy a 4.5TB NetGear ( with RAID-5 ) that supports TimeMachine backups, SMB and AFP.
Despite my Apple allegiance there is no way on Earth I would buy a Time Capsule because it's so expensive for what it is.