We reviewed the Promise Apollo (see our review) back in the Summer and while it looks like the kind of personal cloud appliance that deserves a spot in your local Apple Store, we found it to be light on features.

The good news is that the company has this week announced a software update for the device that starts to build out a more comprehensive (and much needed) set of data protection and remote access features.

  • Smarter, safer backup – Everything you store on your Apollo Cloud can now be scheduled to automatically back up every day to a USB drive. Advanced encryption means you can trust that your data is safe.
  • Size does matter – Some group members use very little space. Some use more than their fair share. With member quota management, you can now assign different amounts of storage space to each member as needed. It’s only fair.
  • Fully flexible control – Files can now be directly uploaded (or downloaded) to a USB drive, with just one click.
  • Take Apollo Anywhere – With Apollo Anywhere,’ data can be backed up to a specific folder, which you can access from anywhere in the world – on any device – using the Apollo Cloud app.
  • Synchronize your camera roll and personal computer – Apollo Cloud members can now copy photos directly to a personal computer — or export them to a USB drive.

From the looks of things, there’s more to come too. The guys over at Promise told me to expect some “major announcements related to this device” coming up at next year’s CES (yes, we’re already receiving invites for briefings).

The $299.00 4 TB Promise Apollo is available from Apple stores worldwide as well as Amazon.com and B&H in North America. You can pick up the new software from iTunes or the Mac App Store.