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FCC Documents Confirm New AirPort Extreme


Engadget points to a newly published FCC filing that confirms that Apple is about to launch a new AirPort Extreme imminently.
The FCC just trumped Cupertino's plan to sneak out an updated AirPort Extreme wireless base station with the outing of an Apple 3x3 802.11n access point, model A1408.
Apple typically times release of FCC documentation with the release date, so we expect new AirPort Extremes (and Time Capsules) today (Tuesday).

There are reported to be 3 new devices: 1 AirPort Extreme and 2 Time Capsules (2TB and 3TB).

Related roundup: AirPort

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41 months ago
Is it possible that the new AEBS has been staring us in the face for days?
Rating: 7 Votes
41 months ago

From what i remember Aluminium isn't a good material for an antenna.


Plus, what if people hold it wrong?!?
Rating: 4 Votes
41 months ago

who publishes stories after hours

Depends on where you are on this large sphere as to when "out of hours" occurs. :rolleyes:
Rating: 3 Votes
41 months ago

In the UK cable Internet Service Providers now supply nice hubs with the wireless, modem, and ports included which make the Airport redundant unless the new one has something special.


Yes, but in the UK the free hubs are absolute crap and hence I plug my crappy hub directly into my Airport. Many others do the same. Plus, the Airport has a USB port into which I can plug in my printer. The Airport never needs rebooting just to get online.


Please note I said NOW as both BT and VM have N hubs with integrated wireless, four [not three] ethernet ports, and the BT one boasts a USB port too. BT now brag about smart wireless technology that deals with interference on theirs.

Yeah that has been the case with US ISPs for a couple years now as well, but that still doesn't make the AirPort redundant because some of them don't come with 802.11n, and even fewer come with dual-band 5Ghz capability. There is always features that will be lacking though, especially with the dummy proof Time Machine wireless backup you can do with a Time Capsule. Plus the setup interface is a lot easier to manage than the firmware on other routers.


Again, the current model BT and VM are supplying are 802.11n and are plug and play from the off. The interface for those who want to tinker is both straight forward accessed from a browser and very flexible.

I do still use a 2007 AEBS but will only upgrade if the new model has significant advantages over and above the current hubs.

I don't put this post up for a battle, simply to add info relevant to the UK. :)
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago



In the UK cable Internet Service Providers now supply nice hubs with the wireless, modem, and ports included which make the Airport redundant unless the new one has something special.


Yes, but in the UK the free hubs are absolute crap and hence I plug my crappy hub directly into my Airport. Many others do the same. Plus, the Airport has a USB port into which I can plug in my printer. The Airport never needs rebooting just to get online.
Rating: 2 Votes
41 months ago

Plus, what if people hold it wrong?!?


I'm sure people will fondle their beloved new toy only for a couple of days. Then they will forget about it and almost never touch/hold it anymore, problem solved.
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago

Seems good on the iphone. But maybe 3G antennas are very different.


Iphone 4 has a stainless steel surround.
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago

Is it possible that the new AEBS has been staring us in the face for days?


I'd want the black outline of the cloud to pulse like my sleeping mac...
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago

Apple typically times release of FCC documentation with the release date...


not always the case. Magic Trackpad appeared (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/07/19/apples-magic-trackpad-apparently-approved-by-fcc/) on FCC July 19th 2010, released (http://www.macrumors.com/2010/07/27/apple-releases-the-magic-trackpad/) July 27th 2010.
Rating: 1 Votes
41 months ago

Iphone 4 has a stainless steel surround.


So do that! Aluminum top with stainless steel surround.
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