According to the Engadget reports, Apple has is planning to stop producing routers. The AirPort and Time Capsule base stations’ production will be stopped. The devices remaining in the warehouses will be sold but there is no need to worry as Apple will continue providing support for the devices.
Bloomberg reported back in November 2016 that Apple had disbanded the team responsible for developing Apple’s routers, and in January 9to5Mac reported that Apple Stores started selling third-party mesh Wi-Fi routers from Linksys.
“We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products,” says the spokesperson while talking to TechCrunch. “They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.”
Apple has finally decided to discard the Airport after two decades. 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.
It is not the end of all things as Apple plans to come back with a new innovative router in future. Meanwhile, brands like Eero, Netgear, and, TP-Link already working on better Wi-Fi devices which support the Mac-based devices. AirPort has clearly become less and less of a focus for the company over the past decade. While the home setting continues to play a vital role in Apple’s hardware play, the company’s focus has since shifted to multimedia and smart home offerings like Apple TV and the HomePod.
Apple has now published a support document detailing what to look for when replacing your AirPort devices.