The last time the AirPort Express was in the news, it was because there was some speculation that the device would be an AirPlay 2-compatible device at some point in the future.
That might not be the case after all, and it turns out that Apple is ready to say goodbye to the AirPort family of wireless routers. That’s based on a statement provided by Apple to iMore on Thursday. The company isn’t pulling sales of the devices just yet, though, and notes that the AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and AirPort Time Capsule will be available in Apple’s retail stores, in its online store front, and from authorized resellers, “until supplies last”.
“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.”
The AirPort Express still retails for $99, while the AirPort Extreme will set you back $199.00 if you want to pick one up before they’re gone. Meanwhile, the AirPort Time Capsule starts at $299.00 for the 2TB option.
This news isn’t too surprising. The AirPort Express was last updated in 2012, and the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule were both new back in 2013. Moreover, in 2016 it was reported that Apple had diverted the AirPort teams to other projects, basically ending development for the Wi-Fi routers.
Are you going to pick one of these routers up before they’re gone?
This has always felt like a long time coming, and it’s not a surprise to see it happening now. The only shocking part is that it didn’t happen sooner.