As per the report of Bloomberg in November 2016, Apple had disbanded the particular team that was responsible for the development of Apple’s routers. As per some report in January, Apple Stores had initiated selling the third-party mesh Wi-Fi routers from Linksys. At the time, Apple had specified that its AirPort line will remain along with the mesh Wi-Fi routers with the addition of a solution for larger-sized homes. Moreover, people like their AirPort products and they continue to sell them. Connectivity is essential in a home and they’re giving customers another option that is properly-suited for larger-sized homes. So, what is the reason for discontinuation of the AirPort line? The answer is unclear, however, Apple’s formal announcement makes the confirmation whatever has been already largely accepted and it is the AirPort line is no more.
Apple as well as third-party vendors would be continuing to sell the incredibly-designed AirPort Express, and AirPort Time Capsule devices, however, only while supplies last. Moreover, no price drop is there from Apple either, although other retailers might select for marking down the particularly discontinued hardware. Apple sells the AirPort Express for the investment of $99, the AirPort Extreme device for $199, 2TB AirPort Time Capsule at the investment of $299, and the 3TB AirPort Time Capsule at the investment of $399. Consumers can still expect such products to get supported for some years to come but not indefinitely as well as the new hardware revisions aren’t coming. Apple could every time select to re-enter the market in case it makes a decision of making a meaningful impact, however, for now only Apple is admitting the market to ISP-supplied routers as well as other third-party solutions. The premium price as well as lack of revisions in hardware in recent years aside but the brilliantly-designed Apple’s AirPort products offered some of the extraordinary and best-in-class features for competing routers.
The incredible AirPort Utility application of Apple (that requires updating for iPhone X as well as larger iPads) and iOS Wi-Fi Settings integration has made the setup process and the management of the AirPort routers simpler, as compared to the most of the third-party routers with the clunky applications. The incredibly-designed AirPort Express enables you to turn any kind of stereo into an AirPlay speaker with line-in and moreover, the USB printers could be shared throughout the network and can be accessed from Macs. The incredible AirPort Time Capsule has included a 2TB or 3TB drive for backing up your Mac over Wi-Fi with the Time Machine in an automatic way and the AirPort Extreme also enables the users to easily make a connection to a USB hard drive to the particular network for the same functionality.
AirPrint printers have replaced the requirement of networking USB printers with the brilliant AirPort Express, however, these add support for the purpose of printing from iOS. Now, Apple offers the facility of its own AirPlay speaker with HomePod and the AirPlay 2 would bring even more options to market, such as Apple TV-connected speakers, upcoming Beats speakers, new Sonos speakers, and so on. Also, there is an existing market of peer-to-peer AirPlay speakers, however, the reliability of AirPlay 1 with third-party speakers has been amalgamated at best. Apple is officially discontinuing the AirPort Express device and it adds a layer of uncertainty to the short appearance of the AirPlay 2 support that has seen in iOS 11.4 beta. The support is appeared to have presence whenever it’s used with an unreleased firmware update. And moreover, the AirPlay 2 support is going to be an incredible perk for the users of the existing AirPort Express, however, shipping a vital new feature for a presently-discontinued product is going to be odd but it is still welcome.
With regard to the alternatives of Time Machine backup, Apple has nearly solved the backup issue with iCloud, but not fully. iPhones and iPads are capable of making full backups to iCloud over Wi-Fi. And Macs can synchronize photo libraries, Documents, and iTunes libraries and Desktop to iCloud, however, limitations are still there on backing up elements of macOS to iCloud, such as the 2TB size limit. More practical has been relying on Time Machine for the purpose of local backups by making use of network attached storage or connected hard drives. The news also signifies that the brilliantly-designed Apple’s high-end AirPorts would top out at 802.11ac and it doesn’t provide support to the upcoming 802.11ad as well as 802.11ax advancements in Wi-Fi technology. Apple isn’t offering its own solution for the mesh Wi-Fi systems that are growing in popularity for larger-sized homes with a lot of connected devices. For more information, you can contact the Apple Airport Express Setup customer care team.