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Apple Kills Development of AirPort Routers to Focus on New Products

Apple Said to Halt Development of Routers Apple Said to Halt Development of Routers
Mandy Jefferson | 28 April, 2018, 16:15

Apple has announced that it has officially ended development on its AirPort line of products, noting the line that includes the AirPort Express, the AirPort Extreme, and the AirPort Time Capsule, will remain available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers while remaining supplies last. The California-based giant has also reassigned its AirPort engineers to other products as a newer wave of devices are not going to be introduced any time in the future. While two successor standards to 802.11ac have been floated, they haven't yet taken off in the market.

If you were a fan of Apple's routers, this is not the news you want to hear. Basically, the routers let products like iPhones, Macs, and iPads connect to the internet wirelessly. After AirPort stocks run out, Apple will continue to sell third-party routers from makes like Linksys.

After Apple announced plans on Thursday to discontinue its wireless routers, the company published a support page on its website that details how you should choose a router that would work well with any number of Apple devices-including the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV-among others.

Engadget reports that the company is pulling the plug on its AirPort, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers.

Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz (0-1) was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings. Snell is just 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA against the Red Sox in his young career - 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two starts at Fenway.


The shutdown isn't a huge surprise, given Apple's shift toward mobile and the ubiquity of low-priced home wireless routers.

The AirPort series is the latest in the line of products discontinued by Apple, after the Cinema Display lineup back in 2016. It was pretty much pointless to continue the product as there are now several brands offering high-quality products at much more competitive price points.

While Wi-Fi routers might not be the cool, cutting-edge gadgets they were once seen as, people still need them, and many are confused and bewildered by even the simplest of networking tasks.

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