Apple exited the home Wi-Fi market at the wrong time

“One of the more interesting news items of 2018 was Apple discontinuing the AirPort lineup. From the first Airport product to the last final AirPort Extreme, Apple was selling premium Wi-Fi hardware devices at a time when most people I knew were content with a $30 router from Walmart,” Bradley Chambers writes for 9to5Mac. “Since they released their final AirPort product, the market has finally shifted up.”

“As end-users are starting to load their home networks with more than a single laptop and a few smartphones, people have realized that having a high-quality router (with whole house coverage) is not a luxury. If you want to load your house up with smart home products, multiple iOS devices, Apple TVs, etc., you have to invest in the infrastructure,” Chambers writes. “Plain and simple, Apple exited the home networking business at the exact wrong time.”

eero's 2nd generation  Home Wi-Fi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons)
eero’s 2nd generation Home Wi-Fi System (1 eero + 2 eero Beacons)

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MacDailyNews Take: Yup. But, you know, Apple is strapped for people and cash, so…

While we’d rather have all-Apple setups with AirPort mesh systems facilitating connectivity, had Apple’s management had the foresight to create them, we’re more than happy to use and recommend the very Apple-esque eero Home Wi-Fi System which offers tri-band WiFi radios, simultaneous 2.4GHz, 5.2GHz and 5.8GHz wireless. 2×2 MU-MIMO, Beamforming, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, and more.

Apple removes all AirPort products from online and retail stores – November 17, 2018
How to set up your home network for many Apple TVs, Macs, iPhones, and iPads – June 12, 2018
Apple begins to sell out of AirPort base stations – May 17, 2018
Requiem for the AirPort base station: A testament to everything Apple was and isn’t anymore – April 27, 2018
Apple makes yet another short-sighted decision: Apple has discontinued a product that it should have made a cornerstone of its home automation and entertainment ecosystem – April 27, 2018
Apple’s decision to discontinue AirPort products is the wrong decision at the wrong time – April 27, 2018
Apple pulls plug on AirPort Wi-Fi router business – April 26, 2018
eero’s new mesh WiFi system packs more power in an Apple-esque design – June 29, 2017
AppleInsider reviews eero Wi-Fi: ‘A solid option for Apple’s outgoing AirPort’ – February 27, 2017
With eero, you can kiss slow Wi-Fi goodbye forever – February 10, 2017


  1. The Death of the Apple Ecosystem was announced when the Airport series of routers were ignored for years. It was confirmed when the Airport was canceled with no viable replacement.

    Now we have $1000 phones that most people can’t afford, a big new HQ building with impressive videos of it for us to view, and a system of Mac computers that is ot complete and seems to be an after thought.

    No doubt a new upstart is on the way to ‘change everything’. It can’t come to soon.

  2. It’s simple… Apple doesn’t need to be in the router biz. And hasn’t for about 4 to 5 years. It used to be that I required one of my AP Base Stations to be cable connected to an ISP’s counter in order for any of my Macs to connect to internet service.

    Not anymore. I haven’t used either of my Base Stations in about 4 to 5 years because the various routers my ISPs have furnished have worked just fine with a minimum of effort on my part.

    Whether this was due to improvements in Macs, routers, or both, I don’t know. But things just work and don’t require me futzing with router settings or messing with Airport software.

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