is a backup
utility made by Apple
for Mac OS X
. It is available through Apple's MobileMe
) collection of Internet
services. Backup can be used in connection with either a user's online .Mac iDisk
or the Macintosh
drive to make safe, archival copies of critical files and folders.
The initial versions of Backup were regarded as feature-sparse and frequently unstable. However, on November 5
Apple released Backup 2.0, which added new features and offered greater reliability than its predecessors.
While Backup 2 allowed for the creation of archive copies of important data, overall it only had a basic feature set for backup software.
Apple introduced Backup 3 at the Paris Expo on September 20
along with other upgrades to .Mac. This version offered more backup settings, such as the ability to back up your mail database.
At the 2006 Worldwide Developers Conference
, Apple announced the development of Time Machine
, a new backup application which is included in Mac OS X v10.5
Time Machine is a complete backup solution, thus it has the ability to completely replace Backup as a general backup solution for most Mac users. It is unknown if Time Machine will allow .Mac integration, though it is not seen as likely due to the relatively small amount of storage offered by .Mac. Thus it is currently unknown if Backup will enjoy continued development and support, or if it will eventually be abandoned by Apple by expanding upon the more advanced backup solution offered by Time Machine.
In addition, when MobileMe
was released on July 11
was discontinued. Backup is now available for download from the MobileMe account page.