Apple discontinues development AirPort routers

Airport-Extreme

What is happening at Apple??? According to Mark Gurman from Bloomberg the wireless Airport router team is slowly dismantled within Apple. It is likely that its engineers are put into other projects such as the Apple TV.

Apple Inc. has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to people familiar with the matter.

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.

Outdated?

True, the current Airport models are on the market since 2013, but hardware-wise, they are still up-to-date. “Yeah right, they don’t support mesh!” Well, yes they do, but not by the ‘mesh setup’. By using multiple Airport Express you can also extend the WiFi-range without a sweat.

Besides my concern of the continuency of AirPlay, my biggest concern is security related, though. Will we receive security updates in the future? If not, then our beloved Airports have to be replaced with another brand… Auch!

Update 12 December 2017

Yes. The Airport routers are still supported with software updates. Today, Apple released Airport Base Station Firmware Update 7.7.9, which fixes the KRACK attack vulnerability.

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