Back in April of this year, Apple confirmed rumors that it would cease further development of its once-popular AirPort lineup of home and office wireless connectivity products, including the $99 AirPort Express, $199 AirPort Extreme and $299 AirPort Time Capsule.
And while the company noted at the time of its announcement that the current inventory of AirPort products would remain available for sale until supply ran out, it appears that time has finally come — at least for the AirPort Extreme and 2 TB Time Capsule, which have both been removed from Apple’s online store, completely.
What was AirPort?
First unveiled back in July of 1999, Apple’s AirPort products embodied the company’s proprietary lineup of sleek, elegant and technologically advanced wireless networking devices, which at one point included products like the AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi base station, the AirPort Express router and the high storage capacity Wi-Fi-connected Time Capsule for pre-iCloud era data storage and backup.
While Apple refreshed and refined its AirPort products several times over the years, their last major updates came way back in 2012 and 2013, when the company refreshed its current AirPort Express, Extreme and Time Capsule.
Rumors began swirling back January of 2016 over Apple’s proposed plans of pulling the plug on further AirPort development — rumors which were confirmed earlier this year when the iPhone-maker also announced that its engineers previously assigned to AirPort development had been reassigned to other ongoing projects.
Instead of its own homemade Wi-Fi products like the AirPort, Apple has resolved to sell a variety of high-quality third-party wireless networking solutions, such as the Linksys Velop Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System.
Fortunately, for current owners of the latest-generation AirPort products, Apple noted months ago that it would continue offering service for parts and repairs on all of its current-generation yet discontinued AirPort devices until 2023.