Apple has announced that it is officially discontinuing the AirPort wireless router line-up, which includes the AirPort Extreme, the AirPort Express, and two variants of AirPort Time Capsule. The move comes after Apple reportedly dissolved the AirPort division, and shifted the team to work on AppleTV, iPad and iPhone.
“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,” Apple said in a statement to 9To5Mac. The Cupertino giant further said, after AirPort stocks run out, it will continue selling third-party routers from Linksys and other companies. While Apple won’t be refreshing the hardware, it will continue to offer security patches, and bug fixes going forward, Engadget reports. The death of AirPort line-up doesn’t come as a surprise as Bloomberg had reported about the same in November 2016.
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The last refresh for AirPort line-up came in 2013, and as of now Apple sells the AirPort Express for $99 (approximately Rs 6,600), whereas the AirPort Extreme will set you back by $199 (approximately Rs 13,200).
The AirPort Time Capsule, on the other hand, is priced at $299 (approximately Rs 20,000) for the 2TB variant, whereas the 3TB variant is priced at $399 (approximately Rs 26,500). In a statement to Engadget, Apple did mention that if it finds a meaningful way to progress the routers further, it might return the space in future. However, for now, there are no plans of coming up with AirPort wireless routers.