The following is an excerpt from SHARA TIBKEN | April 26, 2018 | CNET.com |
On Thursday, the company said it's discontinuing its AirPort line of base stations. Customers will be able to buy them in Apple Stores, online and through authorized resellers, until supplies run out. Apple also will continue to support the older routers for service and parts for five years.
The company last updated its $199 AirPort Extreme and $299 AirPort Time Capsule in June 2013 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but its $99 AirPort Express hasn't been updated since 2012.
When Apple introduced its first AirPort router nearly 20 years ago, home networking wasn't as easy or as widespread as it is now. Today, cable and internet service providers give subscribers routers, and users can buy cheap, full-featured models online. There also are third party partners that support Apple's Time Capsule backup service. Apple even sells a mesh networking system from Linksys in its stores.
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