It’s about time Apple killed the Airport hardware line

From Bloomberg: Apple Inc. has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Frankly, it’s about time,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “They’ve been limping along, unable to keep up with new technology.

“I used to really like Apple’s AirPort hardware, but somewhere in the past few years, it started to suck,” McElhearn writes. “They never updated the AirPort Express for 802.11ac, making their hardware useless in any but the smallest setups.”

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70 Comments

    1. > Don’t they have enough talent and money to find the resources to keep up?

      Yes, they of course do … they simply do not want to.

      It represents the end of Apple providing a holistic ‘Ecosystem’ to delight their customers.

      -hh

    1. I dumped Apple routers years ago. Just pure garbage. I moved onto Buffalo routers with DD-WRT on it. Served me well for years, but not rock solid. I’m now on a Ubiquiti router and 2 access points. It’s rock solid, haven’t had any slow downs or restarts in the 6 months I’ve been up and running. The router does one thing, it’s a router. The access points do one thing, give wifi access. No more combo units for me that don’t do either one well.

  1. Airport routers are the best in the business, with 99% uptime. Windows routers have to be rebooted at least once per week.

    Cook wont be satisfied until he KILLS Apple dead!

    Somebody please fire this lazy, greedy, incompetent freak of nature.

    1. perhaps jony I’ve will find the requisite backbone and cite to mr. cook the words of oliver cromwell … and then maybe look in the mirror and repeat them to himself.

      “you have sat too long for any good you have been doing lately…. depart i say; and let us have done with you. in the name of god, go !”

      these two men were trusted with the keys to the kingdom and have simply squandered all the potential that lay before them.

  2. Wow, well this is a genuine shock to me. Didn’t see this one coming. How are we supposed to run a TimeCapsule, the best, easiest to set up, wireless back up on the market?

    We have entire homes and businesses set up with Apple wireless hardware and the main selling point was ease of use, a somewhat uncomplicated interface and being able to back up all Macs to one device.

    Is Apple dumping wireless TimeMachine backups?

    Even if they decided to dump TimeCapsules, they should at least leave a trail to backup wirelessly to an attached drive of some kind.

    WTF?

    1. It doesn’t mean they’re going to stop selling them anytime soon, and the AirPort Extreme has the fastest AC wireless available (1.3gbps). The airport express desperately needs updated however, and I agree with mdn’s assessment that the product line will be rolled into a new echo type product. The only other explanation for this move would be that they are going to either buy, or partner with, ubiquiti since they are ex apple engineers anyway. I love airport utility, it is the easiest management application around and hopefully it sticks around for a long time.

      1. The Express units are pretty lame. They’re just too weak for much. Other than making a printer wireless and the rare people who like to stream music with them (I know they’re not “rare,” but they were in our client base), we discouraged their use. We sold the regular Airport Extreme base stations for extenders instead. Never had weak signal issues with those like we did the Express units.

        1. That’s why Apple markets them as suitable for “apartments, dorm rooms and small spaces”.
          That being said. I used one in a 1300 square foot condo without issue. Even parked in the driveway, I still had a signal.

    2. I can’t wait for the new iMacs especially designed to fit in with the external but shite looking LG monitors. It seems its the way everything is going these days to save money at every turn rather than actually develop new and innovative revenue schemes. Goodbye Mac mini, after all we don’t want it to be cheap to buy into the apple eco system. A bit sad when the most impressive thing about the company is going to be the new Campus, which was supposed to reflect their rationale not defy it.

      1. Yes, and I am a bit concerned that Apple is building too many monuments unto itself. The AppleStores initially were kind of cool, but now we’re seeing 10 BILLION dollar Battersea monuments that are starting to resemble cathedrals. Every one keeps asking “What is Apple doing with its massive pile of cash?” I hope they’re not just letting hubris spend it….

    3. They want you to backup to iCloud.

      … and if you don’t want to, then they force you to by taking away the alternative.

      I guess no one at Apple has figured out that there are alternatives out there – including to their desktops.

      1. Exactly! This is what I have been saying for a few years now. Apple is fscking up all of their products to push all of their customers into their sucky iCloud.

        Fire Tim Cook!

        1. It’s not just Tim Cook.

          First of all, who would you replace him with?

          Furthermore, Jonny Ive is a much bigger impediment here. Then there’s Phil Schiller. All of which don’t live in the real world, or understand product, or their own customers.

          So, who’d you replace them all with?

          1. > So, who’d you replace them all with?

            Oh, we’re not going to replace them. We’re going to make them STAY … while their ISP connection bandwidth is constrained to that of a 56K modem.

            -hh

    4. Typical apple. They too often set up technology, it becomes successful and then they abandon it and we all look like idiots spending money on it. I have a closet full of Apple routers that I’ll dump at auction.

    5. Services Services Services, you will have to use Apples on line servers at $600 per year to do remote Time Machine Backups.

      While I’m on the subject the reason Apple Services business has grown so much is QUALITY, people don’t trust Apples Quality anymore so Apple Care is a must.

  3. very ominous omen. cook, ive et al were given fortunes upon jobs early departure, they did not and have not yet proven nor earned as capable leaders, instead taking risk adverse decisions with little strategy nor customer empathy.

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