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Discontinued AirPort Extreme and 2TB Time Capsule Finally Disappear From Apple Online Store

Apple back in April ended development on its AirPort line of products, which includes the $99 AirPort Express, the $199 AirPort Extreme, and the $299 AirPort Time Capsule.

At the time the accessories were discontinued, Apple said that it would continue selling existing stock until available supply was exhausted. It appears that point has been reached for both the AirPort Extreme and the 2TB AirPort Time Capsule, which have been removed from the Apple online store.


There are no longer any AirPort products available for purchase from the online store or Apple retail locations, with the exception of some refurbished AirPort devices that may continue to be available on the refurbished site.

Apple had not updated its AirPort products since 2012 (Express) and 2013 (Extreme and Time Capsule), and rumors in 2016, which ultimately turned out to be correct, suggested Apple had stopped development on the product with AirPort engineers reassigned to other devices.

In lieu of its own line of AirPort products, Apple is now offering third-party routers like the Linksys Velop mesh Wi-Fi system.

Apple's AirPort base stations provided some unique benefits that are not available through third-party options like built-in Time Machine backup support in the Time Capsule and AirPlay functionality for the AirPort Express.

Though the AirPort devices have been discontinued, Apple plans to provide service and parts for the current generation models for the next five years.

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4 weeks ago
Sad day.
Rating: 65 Votes
4 weeks ago
R.I.P., best (most stable) routers on the planet...
Rating: 53 Votes
4 weeks ago

What, if anything, does Apple officially recommend people to buy instead?

Apple watch bands.
Rating: 43 Votes
4 weeks ago
A bad move
Rating: 41 Votes
4 weeks ago
It's like watching Infinity Wars all over again.



"I don't feel so good, Mr. Cook…"

Rating: 24 Votes
4 weeks ago
I will miss you my friend. I bought up a few on eBay to keep my house going for a while. Years I hope. Sure there are other options but I have had no issues at all with mine so I keep them going.
Rating: 15 Votes
4 weeks ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2018/11/16/airport-extreme-time-capsule-removed-from-apple-online-store/')


Apple back in April ended development on its AirPort line of products, which includes the $99 AirPort Express ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MC414LL/A/airport-express'), the $199 AirPort Extreme ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/ME918LL/A/airport-extreme'), and the $299 AirPort Time Capsule ('https://www.apple.com/shop/product/ME182LL/A/airport-time-capsule-3tb').


Why are they ending this popular product?
Don't Apple enjoy making money?
Rating: 14 Votes
4 weeks ago

The AirPort stuff just isn't keeping up with the feature sets of other devices. Got a Ubiquity https://amplifi.com setup and it was as easy or maybe easier to setup than the old AirPort


Yeah, it's hard to keep up when you don't update your product for 6-8 years...
Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago

A huge failure on behalf of the modern router companies whose devices are indeed better than Apple's own, is that their designs still aren't simple and elegant. All feature rows of obnoxious LEDs and LCDs. None have come to realize Apple's one, small indicator light is all that's needed.


Eero ('https://eero.com/shop') says, hello.

Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago

Bought google mesh with a frown on my face


Super sad. I bought Google WiFi to replace my Airport setup and was really disappointed in the speed and stability.


I bought Google Mesh available and it makes me grin all the time. Blows my mind how good it is. After messing with POS WiFi since 1999 (not a typo), for the first time ever I'm experiencing PERFECT WiFi.


Google Mesh.


And the added bonus of Google peering into your house, as in your privacy gets compromised.:rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes

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