As per Apple Online Store, all AirPort Extreme units are now sold out. In some countries like Germany, no AirPort models are available just a few weeks after the iPhone producer announced it had discontinued all AirPort wireless appliances.
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The longstanding rumors of Apple exiting the Wi-Fi router market were true after all as the Cupertino technology giant today confirmed that it is officially discontinuing its AirPort and Time Capsule base stations.
This is a pretty awesome development. If AirPort Express indeed picks up properly implemented support for AirPlay 2 via a firmware update, you will be able to use AirPlay 2 with almost any speakers you have sitting around. Pro tip: AirPort Expresses are dirt cheap on eBay at the moment.
The extended AppleCare+ warranty for HomePod will add two incidents of accidental damage from handling, each subject to a $39 service fee. It won’t cover cosmetic damage that does not affect the speaker’s functionality.
Call it awkward, or call it ironic, but a recent J.D. Power wireless router satisfaction report put Apple at the top, with a score of 876, followed by ASUS (860), D-Link (856) and TP-Link (854). This report obviously comes at an interesting time as the company was rumored this month to be disbanding its router unit and stop developing AirPort wireless routers.
For a while now I’ve had this sentiment that there is a growing lack of focus or care at Apple, which has led me to feel pretty concerned about some of the company’s decisions. Yet one thing is helping alleviate these concerns and it’s Apple’s recent decisions to discontinue two major product categories: its family of AirPort routers, and its Thunderbolt display business.
Apple has quietly “disbanded” its router hardware division and reassigned employees to work on more lucrative products that account for the vast majority of the company’s revenue, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman reported Monday citing people familiar with the matter. The company last updated the AirPort-branded Wi-Fi accessories back in 2013 with support for the speedy 802.11ac wireless standard.