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The future of Time Machine without the Time Capsule revolves irretrievably around the cloud

Cuidado con descuidar Time Machine: cómo comprobar que las copias de seguridad se hacen correctamente

Yesterday afternoon Apple officially confirmed what had been a rumour for months: the company is abandoning the router market and is no longer selling its entire AirPort range . And there is no hope that this will be renewed in any way, because Apple has even begun to advise how we should choose a router from another brand.

The future of Time Machine without the Time Capsule revolves irretrievably around the cloud
The future of Time Machine without the Time Capsule revolves irretrievably around the cloud

The “injured parties” are all those who love the ease of configuration of Apple routers, but there is something that also comes out of this gesture very touched: Time Machine . The MacOS backup tool loses precisely the most convenient way to create wireless copies, using the home Wi-Fi network and integrating a hard drive within the access point itself.

Officially (although you can still buy AirPorts while they’re still in stock), you can now only make copies of Time Machine by connecting a hard drive directly to your Mac . You’ve lost precisely what Apple is pushing for, which is getting rid of accessories and especially your cables when you use a Mac.

And that’s why I think Apple is planning some interesting changes for Time Machine. It’s one of the most acclaimed features of the Mac, so it’s very strange that it’s taking this step backwards. And those interesting changes can inevitably pass through the iCloud cloud .

This is something I’ve considered in the past, but it’s now much more necessary with the demise of Time Capsule. iOS has been able to back up to the cloud for many years now, so Cupertino must have learned a lot about that.

Locally, a Mac copy can be very large. But let’s stop and think about how much space we can save if the copy of a Mac can behave like the copy of an iOS device:

  • The files on the iCloud Drive would not need to be copied, because technically they would already be in the cloud. This is already the case with iOS device backups that have the photo library in iCloud: your photos are not added to the copy.
  • Instead of copying all the applications, we can simply memorize that they’re installed and reinstall them from the App Store if we restore a Mac from that copy. Incidentally, the iOS App Store will soon be available for use on the Mac.
  • A good system for choosing folders not to back up would save a lot of space in iCloud.
  • To recover data from a computer we would only need an internet connection.
  • With iCloud plans up to 2TB, there’s already plenty of space on offer in the Apple cloud for backups like this.
  • The copy can be done discreetly as in iOS devices: at night, while we sleep and the computer is loaded (if we are not talking about a desktop).

For me it’s no longer a question of whether or not we’ll see something like this from Apple someday, but of when it will come and how it will be implemented . The company has left Time Machine without one of its best features, but I’m sure it’s only going to be temporary.

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