Apple begins to sell out of AirPort base stations

“AirPort base stations are beginning to sell out or disappear entirely from Apple’s online and retail stores in select countries, a few weeks after Apple announced it has discontinued the lineup of routers,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“The first casualty is the AirPort Extreme, now listed as “sold out” on Apple’s online store in the United States, and unavailable for pickup at Apple’s retail stores across the country,” Rossignol reports. “The base station remains available in limited quantities in select other countries, including Australia, Canada, Japan, and Singapore.”

“AirPort Express and AirPort Time Capsule models remain in stock on Apple’s online store in the United States, and select other countries, but they will eventually sell out too as inventory continues to dwindle,” Rossignol reports. “Apple said that its AirPort products would only remain available while supplies last, so this was to be expected eventually. Prior to being discontinued, Apple hadn’t refreshed its lineup of AirPort base stations in five to six years.”

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Apple’s decision to discontinue AirPort products is the wrong decision at the wrong time – April 27, 2018
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24 Comments

  1. I loved the AirPort Extreme. It is simple to setup and configure. I hope one day soon we hear that they are reinvesting in their Apple routers, workstations, servers, iMacs, getting rid of the utterly useless led touch strip on their MacBook pros. In other words start putting money back iinto computing rather than being Nokia.

  2. I use AirPlay every day of my life – to send music from iTunes on my iMac via AirPort Extreme to three stereos via Airport Expresses spread out in my long ranch-style house. So do I need to stock up on Airports or are there Any other alternatives? This just sucks.

  3. I would have liked to have bought the latest 2TB Time Capsule but my older 2TB Time Capsule is quite sufficient for my home network. I don’t have the money to just toss a decently working device for something newer. I think I’ll be able to manage with a non-Apple router in the future as long as Apple guarantees compatibility with a particular brand or model.

    1. They’re doing what they did with the 2013 Mac Pro. They failed to update and upgrade those systems, and so sales fell. These haven’t been upgraded for 5 years, so sales fell. If they’re losing money selling outdated (but still very good) products, then that’s their fault. It’s not as if they can’t afford to do the R&D required to modernize the products.

  4. It’s a shame, because as old as the designs are, they are still among the best out there.

    My house, built in 1925, is like a faraday cage, with steel mesh in every wall and ceiling. As a result, I use 4. With my Fios, I get 1Gbs service. With my WiFi, I can get 400-500 Mbs service throughout my home. That’s twice what the best, new mesh systems can do. Even though Apple’s units are not marketed as Mesh, they function that way. I can only imagine what Apple could have done if they decided to.

    But it seems as though Apple only wants to have multi $billion product lines. If they can’t reach $5 billion a year, or so, it’s dumped. I really believe that’s the wrong way to go. To be dependent on just a few iconic products isn’t good.

    1. Agreed. But Apple fervently believes they can gin up iconic products one after another, so they serenely focus on overall profitability. If one of their products turns out to be a dud, they simply wait for the next thing to pop out of the pipeline; if that doesn’t catch fire, they wait for the next one; and so on. This belief system of theirs is only as reliable as their R&D. As a corporation, they are criminally overconfident. Their bluster and moxie worked when Steve Jobs projected his reality distortion field that psychologically affected markets, but lately Apple’s just another giant tech firm, humming to themselves as they play around in the lab just like the engineers at Google or Amazon, congratulating themselves on their bonuses and failing to detect any sort of urgency.

      I’m sorry, but the bloom is off the rose. Wall Street detected this a long time Go.

      1. It’s still bad overall. One of the reasons Apple’s stock, which I have a fair amount of, moves so much, is because it’s too dependent on iPhone sales, at about 63% of sales. This gives these who want to, an excuse to bash the company. Having more less seasonal sales will smooth that out. I had two companies over the years, and smoothing out product lines was a major effort, at times.

        We see criticism that products like the Apple Watch, HomePod, ATv, and others are too small to “move” the company. But in aggregate, they do.

        More advertising for these product lines would help, as would advertising the Mac again. Samsung Electronics outspends Apple 7:1 in advertising. I would have rather Apple spend more, and bought back less sock.

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