Apple has some bad news for fans of its AirPort wireless router lineup – it’s decided to kill the series once and for all. This includes the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, 2TB AirPort Time Capsule, and 3TB AirPort Time Capsule.
It’s not a huge surprise, given the fact that Apple hasn’t released a new AirPort device since 2013. A Bloomberg article from November 2016 claimed that the company had shifted its entire AirPort team to other departments like iPhone, Apple TV, and iPad.
Another nail in the AirPort’s coffin is the fact that even Apple Stores started selling third-party routers. The brand’s now moved on from pretending it still cares about AirPorts to admitting that it’s discontinued the series. However, it still plans to sell the items via its site, outlets, and authorized resellers until stock lasts.
You’d think terminating a product would encourage Apple to offer up a discount, but the brand is stubbornly sticking to the same prices as before. Third-party retailers might offer a discount in the hopes of clearing stock though.
Officially, the AirPort Express costs $99, the AirPort Extreme goes for $199, the 2TB AirPort Time Capsule sells at $299, and the 3TB AirPort Time Capsule is available at $399. Apple plans to offer third-party alternatives on its site from brands like Linksys, but a lot of people will probably miss having a first-party option.
Apple probably won’t make a comeback to the world of wireless routers unless it has something special to offer. It’s currently advising customers on what they should look out for when shopping for one in a new support document. Recommended specs include dual-band Wi-Fi, MIMO support, IEEE 802.11ac, and a mesh Wi-Fi system.