Backup (software)

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For other types of data backup software, see Backup.
MobileMe Backup
Backup screenshot
MobileMe Backup Screenshot
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release


/ April 13, 2010
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Backup software
License Proprietary
Website MobileMe Backup v.3.2

Backup is a backup utility made by Apple for Mac OS X. It is available through Apple's MobileMe (formerly .Mac) collection of Internet services. Backup can be used in connection with either a user's online MobileMe iDisk or the Macintosh's CD-RW or DVD-R drive to make safe, archival copies of critical files and folders.


Backup 2[edit]

The initial versions of Backup were regarded as feature-sparse and frequently unstable. However, on November 5, 2003 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.

Backup 3[edit]

Apple introduced Backup 3 at the Paris Expo on September 20, 2005 along with other upgrades to .Mac. This version offered more backup settings, such as the ability to back up mail databases.

Time Machine[edit]

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 "Leopard".

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.


When MobileMe was released on July 11, 2008, .Mac was discontinued. Backup continued to be available to MobileMe users. The software was re-branded MobileMe Backup with the version 3.2 release.

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