Apple officially leaves the wireless router business and sells its remaining inventory of AirPort products. These include AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and both AirPort Time Capsule models. Apple shared the news in a statement 9to5Mac :
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We are closing the Apple AirPort Base Station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.
While news for fans of Apple's routers is disappointing, the end of the AirPort line is also no surprise.
reported in November 2016 that Apple had dissolved the team responsible for developing Apple's routers, and in January 9to5Mac reported for the first time that Apple stores were selling mesh Wi-Fi. Linksys third-party Fi routers began. 19659006] At the time, Apple told us that its AirPort line would remain – with the Mesh Wi-Fi routers adding a solution to larger homes:
People love our AirPort products and we continue to sell them. Connectivity is important in the home and we give customers another option that works well for larger homes.
So why set the AirPort line today and not sooner? This is unclear, but Apple's formal announcement confirms what has already been widely accepted: The AirPort line is dead.
Original AirPort UFO-style router with additional AirPort cards for Mac
Apple and third party vendors sell the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule devices only while supplies last.
Even with Apple, there is no price decline, although other dealers decide to stamp the discontinued hardware. Apple sells AirPort Express for $ 99, AirPort Extreme for $ 199, 2TB AirPort Time Capsule for $ 299, and 3TB AirPort Time Capsule for $ 399
Revisions are not coming. Apple could enter the market again and again if it decides that it can have a significant impact, but for the moment, Apple is allowing the market to use ISP-supplied routers and other third-party solutions.
Premium price and lack of hardware revisions in recent years, Apple's AirPort products offer some unique and superior features over competing routers.
The Apple AirPort Utility App (which needs to be updated for iPhone X and larger iPads) and iOS wireless settings have been made to make managing AirPort routers easier and simpler than most third-party routers using clunky apps. With AirPort Express, you can turn any stereo into an AirPlay line-in speaker, and USB printers can be shared across the network and used on Macs.
AirPort Time Capsule includes a 2TB or 3TB drive to automatically back up your Mac over Wi – With Time Machine and AirPort Extreme, you can easily connect a USB hard drive to the network.
AirPrint printers have since replaced the need for networking USB printers with AirPort Express, and they add support for iOS printing.
Apple now offers its own AirPlay speaker with HomePod, and AirPlay 2 will bring even more options to the market, including Apple TV-connected speakers, new Sonos speakers, upcoming Beats speakers and more
Also, an existing market for peer-to-peer AirPlay speakers, but the reliability of AirPlay 1 with third-party speakers is mixed at best.
With the official setting of AirPort Express from Apple, a new layer of Uncert is added aitty to the short appearance of AirPlay 2 support seen in iOS 11.4 Beta. Support seemed to be present when used with an unreleased firmware update. AirPlay 2 support would be a nice plus for existing AirPort Express users, but delivering a new feature for a recently discontinued product would be strange (but still welcome!).
Regarding Time Machine backup alternatives, Apple has almost solved the backup problem with iCloud – but not quite.
iPhones and iPads can sync full backups to iCloud over Wi-Fi, and Macs can sync photo libraries, iTunes libraries, and documents and desktops with iCloud, but there are still limitations in securing items from macOS to iCloud, including the 2TB -Größenbeschränkung. More practical, Time Machine uses it for local backups that use connected hard drives or network storage such as Synology.
The news also implies that Apple's high-end AirPorts are ahead on 802.11ac and do not support the upcoming 802.11ad and 802.11ax developments in Wi-Fi technology. Apple also does not provide its own solution for meshed Wi-Fi systems, which are becoming increasingly popular for larger homes with many connected devices.
The good news is that many newer router design features use Apple's now-discontinued AirPort line. Clean-shaped white towers and nondescript pucks have largely replaced router-style routers with aircraft cockpit lights for the eyes – though you can still find wierier styles at the high end.
Apple's AirPort line has also become increasingly outdated – especially for its premium price – without a mesh triband system available (and extending range with AirPort Express is just so far). Apple will soon point out customers with AirPort alternatives, but at the moment, here are some proven and tested Mesh Wi-Fi system options:
- eero – from $ 295 – overall best app experience for setup and administration
- Netgear Orbi (reviewed) – from $ 249 – Highly rated performance, generous with Ethernet ports
- Linksys Velop – from $ 299 – Apple's Pick, AirPort Extreme / Time Capsule-like Design
- Google Wifi (reviewed) – from $ 129 – Easy Setup and Management
You can also rely on the modem / router combination provided by your Internet service provider, which is usually associated with monthly rental fees and underperformance. 9to5Toys regularly offers both modem and router offerings, including:
We will continue to sell AirPort hardware until the inventory is exhausted, then Apple's routers will officially support most iPod devices and Apple's Thunderbolt display sunset.
In the case of Pro-Display from Apple, it has promised an impending exchange that will work with the new Mac Pro next year after a difficult experience with LG for a high-end solution.
However, I would not expect the same 180 decision on the AirPort line. It's a shame that Apple is leaving this market with retail outlets relying on Linkskin owned by Belkin owned by Foxconn, but Apple had to make a hard decision to upgrade or kill the AirPort line, and we do that today Finally.  Top image created by Michael Steeber
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