9To5 Mac are reporting that the latest Airport Utility update references next generation Time Capsule (4th Gen) and Airport Extreme (5th Gen). This is on the back of reports that the hardware stock levels have been heavily depleted at retail stores which is also usually a sign of new incoming replacements.
Without many referencing the stock level numbers the references to next gen hardware alone would not necessarily be a massive thing. Apple always anticipate future hardware releases, this is something very characteristically Apple after all, and therefore, always something that they will be planning to do at some point, perhaps not always so imminently!
Stock levels across Apple Retail Stores are often a good way of knowing if new lines are coming out and reports suggest that Airport devices (Extreme and Time Capsule) are running low on stock with rumours about what will possibly replace them.
Taking Time Capsule, an iCloud enabled device is widely rumoured which will download updates automatically and store them for your devices to upload – wirelessly – and in addition sling files to iOS and other devices as required including backing up the other way all wirelessly.
This makes a lot of sense and would add the extra zest to a wider iCloud service and enablement.
Many are hoping that annoucements over the future of iOS, OS X and iCloud mean additional announcements of new hardware and this would be a perfect fit.