01 May 2018
Apple has announced that it will be discontinuing its AirPort, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule routers. The Cupertino giant stated that it will be it will be selling off all of its remaining AirPort hardware while supplies last. It will reportedly continue to offer bug fixes and security patches for the devices.
Apple had disbanded the hardware division responsible for its routers in 2016. The last update for 802.11ac Wi-Fi was released back in 2013. Post that, the company’s AirPort offerings have been slowly rendered obsolete due to increased competition and new innovation of mesh Wi-Fi systems like Eero, Google Wifi, and the Linksys Velop. Airport was priced at $199, and in the same price range consumers now have a number of options available with better technology.
Apple has stated that it might return to the market segment sometime in the future if it finds a way to make progress in the technology further down the line.