Cult of Mac is reporting through a source that iCloud, Apple’s big and bright foray into the cloud, is going to be handled by your Time Capsule backer upper, putting the service directly in your home.
This news, should it hold weight, is a little on the strange side. After all, why not host all that data out in their massive North Carolina data center? That would make some sense. Still, Leander Kahney thinks it might have something to do with liability:
Why isn’t Apple using its massive new data center? This part is not clear. It may just be a way to sell more hardware. Apple is a hardware company after all.
Or perhaps Apple feels that consumers will happier if they are in control of their own data. Maybe users don’t trust Apple (or any other company) to host their most important files, especially after years of spotty service from MobileMe. Or there could be other reasons, perhaps legal, that are skirted when users are responsible for their own data.
Fair enough. And renewing the Time Capsule makes sense. We’ve already said that it’s been due for an update since its last refresh in 2009. The new model will allegedly sport an A4 or A5 embedded processor and run on iOS. It’ll be designed to automatically sync all your data – be they documents, pictures or videos – across your Apple devices. It’s still unclear how this setup will handle your music library, though.
All this sounds great, to be sure. It just makes it sound like the service will be tied very heavily into the Time Capsule hardware. What if I don’t buy one? Is some other plan for their data centre yet to be unveiled? [Cult of Mac via Business Insider]