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Apple Preparing to Release Updated AirPort Express Base Station

AppleInsider reports that Apple is preparing to release an updated version of its compact AirPort Express wireless base station. Hints of the imminent refresh come from shortages of the existing model being observed at several third-party retailers, but the most concrete evidence comes from a source reporting that Apple is finishing work on its AirPort Utility 5.6 software which makes reference to the new model.
Although Apple's online store still reflects availability of "AirPort Express Base Station with 802.11n and AirTunes," authorized resellers like DataVision report that the same model (MB321LL/A) is discontinued, while Amazon estimates it will have new stock sometime in the next "2 to 5 weeks."

Additionally, a person familiar with the matter says Apple is wrapping up the release of AirPort Utility 5.6, makes reference to a second-generation 802.11n AirPort Express in its developer notes:

"Adds support for the AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) base station"
Similar references to updated Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme models were discovered in the public release of AirPort Utility 5.5.3 back in June, with the new models debuting a week later.

That update brought increased storage capacities for Time Capsule models, as well as improved range and performance. It is unclear exactly what changes Apple has in store for the AirPort Express, but similar wireless performance improvements may be the focus of the update.

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42 months ago

Maybe Apple will unveil it next week at the event.


Tim comes out. Every one is pumped to see the new iPhone 5. Then he pulls a new Airport Express Base Station out of his pocket :D
Rating: 12 Votes
42 months ago
Keep the price and give it an HDMI out, to wirelessly stream not only Music, but your entire desktop. That would rock, at least imo. Likely not to happen, though...
Rating: 12 Votes
42 months ago

Keep the price and give it an HDMI out, to wirelessly stream not only Music, but your entire desktop. That would rock, at least imo. Likely not to happen, though...


Isn't that called an AppleTV? :)
Rating: 11 Votes
42 months ago

How come MacRumors talks about this but not that the MacBook was discontinued in favor of cheap MBPs...or did I miss an article?


MacBook Airs, you mean. And they did. Back when it happened.
Rating: 9 Votes
42 months ago

Maybe Apple will unveil it next week at the event.

What event?
Rating: 4 Votes
42 months ago

Maybe Apple will unveil it next week at the event.


What event?


Really? The next expected event is for the iphone/ipod update.


I think the point is the reference to "NEXT WEEK" when nothing has been announced as of yet.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago

or did I miss an article?


You sure did:

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/20/apple-discontinues-white-macbook/
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
I hope they will fix these things:

- If you have a printer connected to AE, it needs to be on 24-7 unless you want to reboot AE every time you want to use the printer. Same thing happens when the printer slips into power save mode. Nice environmentally friendly thinking.

- The frequent lost connections that require manual rebooting because the mac can not find the AE.

- Not directly the fault of AE but iTunes crashes every time it tries to connect to an Airplay device that's already in use by another app, for example Airfoil by Rogue Amoeba.

It would be about time.
Rating: 3 Votes
42 months ago
i recently bought one of these things - biggest waste of money ever! the wifi transit speed from 6 feet away is less than ⅓ the speed of my cable modem if directly connected. i've done everything from apple support to cable company visits and this thing just plain sucks! it's useless!

i hope the refresh offers some sort of fix for newly purchased items less than 3 months old as well.
Rating: 2 Votes
42 months ago

Why not buy appletv since is almost the same price?? What is point of airport express?


Ah, because the  tv is not a Access point (1) able to extend a network (2), nor does it have anything to do with the routing of a network.

It can only play content
Rating: 2 Votes

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