R.I.P. Apple’s AirPort Wireless Router line

It’s official: There’ll be no more development on Apple’s AirPort line of products, which includes the AirPort Express ($99), the AirPort Extreme ($199), and the AirPort Time Capsule ($299). 

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"We're discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last," an Apple spokesperson told iMore.  

This comes as no surprise. Apple hasn’t refreshed its routers since 2013 and lags behind in matching new standards from the wireless industry. Ironically, the company ranked highest in overall satisfaction among wireless router manufacturers in a 2016 study by J.P. Power. Oh well, at least the company will be helping customers obtain service and parts for current generation AirPort Base Stations for the next five years.