As Apple started selling  the first third-party Wi-Fi router in the form of Linksys’ Velop, its spokesperson provided a comment regarding the future of its own AirPort line of appliances.

In a statement to 9to5Mac, which first spotted the presence of Velop devices on Apple’s online and retail stores, Apple acknowledged that it’s still selling AirPort Wi-Fi base stations:

People love our AirPort products and we continue to sell them.

Connectivity is important in the home and we are giving customers yet another option that is well suited for larger homes.

Unfortunately, the cryptic comment doesn’t say whether Apple plans on keeping AirPort alive.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported last year that Apple had disbanded the dedicated AirPort hardware division and ceased development of the AirPort line. However, AppleInsider was told that the company will keep the AirPort line as safe as possible for as long as possible.

“The hard drive iPod people were gone for a long time, when we issued the last update for the iPod classic firmware,” the publication’s contacts within Apple said in December of 2016.

“Just because the hardware guys have moved on to other things, doesn’t mean we won’t support the software.”

The Wi-Fi Alliance said this week that a brand new, more secure WPA3 protocol and other protections are coming to the ubiquitous Wi-Fi standard later this year.

I hope Apple will update AirPorts with support for this emerging new Wi-Fi standard. For this wondering, the last upgrade to the AirPort hardware was made in June 2013 and the last firmware update for AirPorts released in December 2017, fixing KRACK exploits.

  • Charlie

    I love my AirPort Extreme, works brilliantly with all the devices and wish I knew about this product earlier

    • 9to5Slavery

      How so can you elaborate some of it? I tend to go for High end commercial

      • nonchalont

        I agree. How is it different from a regular WiFi router?

  • Daniel Huang

    I still use my original Apple Airport from 10+ years ago for travel. It is the one you plug directly into the wall. Useful as a portable WiFi hub for creating international networks for things like chrome casting to the hotel TV etc.

  • Chris Ryan

    would be nice if they had updated the usb connection to usb3 or even better a thunderbolt port for attaching a external HD to share across the network

  • Alex Wilson

    I was very happy with my AirPort Extreme, but when it died I couldn’t find a new router locally. While the AirPort Extreme was good, the Netgear I bought gives me so much more control. I appreciate the simplicity of the Apple routers but they need to provide an expert mode for those that want to get more out of them. I’ve moved on from my Apple router, disbanding the hardware team was a big reason for me to move away, I had no confidence they would be updating them in the future so I considered it abanon-ware.