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Apple Has Reportedly Abandoned Development of Its AirPort Wireless Routers

Apple Has Reportedly Abandoned Development of Its AirPort Wireless Routers

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Apple has disbanded the division that develops wireless routers, abandoning the AirPort lineup of routers popular with Mac customers, reports Bloomberg.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said the people, who asked not to be named because the decision hasn’t been publicly announced.

Apple hasn't refreshed its routers since 2013 and disbanding the team likely means the company isn't planning to unveil new ones. Currently, Apple sells three routers, the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule.

Although Apple's wireless routers don't have as many options as some third party devices, their compatibility with the company's Macs, iPhones, and other devices made them a good choice. Hopefully, Apple will partner with another company to offer a product tailored to its products similar to how it worked with LG to unveil new monitors after discontinuing the Cinema Display.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment on the report.

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Apple Has Reportedly Abandoned Development of Its AirPort Wireless Routers

SimonSays - November 22, 2016 at 3:46pm
This sucks. Love my time capsule! It's the only router that never needs to be rebooted because it's frozen or doesn't work. I've had netgear, linksys, d-link and Asus and they all freeze every few days needing a reboot. Not the airport!
Meow - November 21, 2016 at 10:47pm
No surprise since they haven't had firmware upgrade for over several years on top of hardware
SimonSays - November 22, 2016 at 3:47pm
That's because there is nothing wrong with them to need a firmware update/bug fix.
lepaka - November 21, 2016 at 7:45pm
I have 2 Extreme and 1 Express still older versions, only n protocol, but they are the best in the marked. ZERO problems, ZERO necessities for whatever configurations ... the best wireless routers available on the market :)
ShadowOne - November 21, 2016 at 4:36pm
Good riddance. I've had a couple of their routers before but they were extremely inflexible with the network configurations. Totally not worth the premium that they charged.
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