Apple pulls plug on AirPort Wi-Fi router business

“Apple is ceasing production of its AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule Wi-Fi routers,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore. ” I had a chance to speak to Apple briefly about the decision, and here’s the statement I was given: ‘We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.'”

“The AirPort Base Station line was last updated in 2013,” Ritchie writes. “Since then, we’ve seen the advent of mesh networking, which lets larger, more irregular, and more challenging areas enjoy better and more robust coverage. Rather than release AirPort Mesh, though, Apple chose to offer the Linksys Velop at its retail stores instead.”

Ritchie writes, “Over the next few weeks, Apple will also be posting knowledge-base articles to help customers transitioning away from AirPort products.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: What did we just write yesterday? Oh, yeah:

Either update your product lines properly and routinely or pull the plug on them so that you won’t be distracted from creating politically-correct emoji, holding beer bashes for employees who are all obviously not getting their jobs done well or at all, and doling out an endless stream of undeserved RSUs to fat, lazy, uninspired VPs who think their office door handles are more important than delighting customers with up-to-date, feature-complete, state-of-the-art products that ship on time and in quantity.MacDailyNews, April 25, 2018

79 Comments

  1. Yup, it’s pretty much over, trickle something out here, trickle something out there, etc. One maybe two phones a year, on slight computer update, a few minor version updates on everything else, buggy software not fixed across the board, whoafully behind voice assistant, carplay that looks and works just as it did 4 yrs ago, and online production apps that lag even MS in functionality. Cloud computing? Ha ha, surely you jest?

    Who cares, they’re printing money with phones at the expense of burning innovative leads as capital. Plus, don’t forget 120k employees, stop complaining and pushing them to do more, can’t you see they’re firing on all cylinders and executing on all fronts?

    Macdailynews should stop covering anything and simply wait like the rest of us for the next press release announcing the new emojis and what not. Apple has become “old””, boring, and stale! Don’t look for to them for anything innovative, complete, on time, or beyond a beta.

    1. And that apparently is the problem at Apple. Their products are so reliable that they maxed out market. Ergo, no new base clients (supposedly). Completely short-sighted and stock-fan centric. My bad for steering others to the Mac environment recently. Now I feel embarrassed for having done so.

  2. PRODUCT RED (or blue or pink, or whatever the hell the colour might be), eh?
    What a gimmicky idea to keep the sales/price of phones in the disguise of charity! Apple always does this in the middle of product cycle to spur another buying spree.
    If Apple wish to donate money to AIDS etc, do that out of the fat wallets of inept executives, but not from us. Just a clever but wrong idea, Apple?

    1. If Apple gets out of the Computer Business I will buy or build another Windows Machine. It is time to Fire Tim Cook before he runs Apple into the ground IMO……..!

  3. In anticipation of this, last month I purchased two refurbished airport express and a refurbished AirPort Extreme 2TB for 50% of retail. I’m good for about 10 years.

      1. I used the Apple Store app > Accessories > certified refurbished. They don’t have them often but I just checked regularly and jumped on it when they showed up. Good luck! 🍀

  4. Apple’s productlineup is a mess. Too many products outdated and overpriced. Sad to see the ship sinking, customers abandon the ship and management clueless starrung at their spreadsheets out of touch with their customers.

  5. The velop mesh routers are top notch. I own every airport ever made. It was time to leave the WiFi routers to the companies who solely worked on networking equipment, not a bad decision…

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