Apple Preparing to Release Updated AirPort Express Base Station

airport expressAppleInsider 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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Top Rated Comments

basesloaded190 Avatar
164 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
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheralSadurns Avatar
164 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...
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
UnseenLlama Avatar
164 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? :)
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
slrandall Avatar
164 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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
millypede Avatar
164 months ago
Maybe Apple will unveil it next week at the event.
What event?
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Sodner Avatar
164 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.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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