Apple to Discontinue Wireless Router Development [REPORT]

Apple has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

AirPort-Express

To recap, the company’s AirPort lineup comprises up of the $99 AirPort Express, $199 AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule products (routers that sport their own dedicated hard drives for a higher price tag). According to this report, Apple is reallocating employees to focus on its core consumer products that generate a vast majority of its revenue.

Apple began shutting down the wireless router team over the past year, dispersing engineers to other product development groups, including the one handling the Apple TV, said people familiar with the matter. The sources asked not to be named because the decision has not yet been publicly announced.

However, this reallocation brings about a possibility that Apple will be introducing newer products in the near future. With the 802.11ad standard expected to popularize in the coming months, we could see an AirPort Extreme satisfy the faster wireless standard while being backwards compatible with previous standards. In addition, AirPort Express was limited to just 802.11n, so it is also possible that we could be seeing an 802.11ac refresh down the line.

The AirPort lines have also been seeing discounts in recent weeks, suggesting that they are coming to an end-of-life. Routers are not the only thing Apple has been getting out of recently; it also has exited the standalone external display business.

Do you think that Apple should exit the router business, or introduce better models down the road? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Chrome262

    kind of sucks, not that their routers are the best, but the integration with time machine was great. Sure my router now does it fairly well, but nothing works as well as their stuff for their OS

  • Totally agree. I too use the airport base station with the 2TB HD inside, I prefer it others just because the app to set it up and how it integrates.

    Ah well… at least Apple products last a long time. We should have no issues squeezing a few more years out of ours before a New WiFi band or something comes out.

  • geekyaleks

    Right on – I have the Extreme and three Express access points – one is used as a print server, one as a wifi extender, and one as a ethernet access point for my wife’s old laptop… I will be really sorry to see these little boxes go.

  • RickysCV

    After checking specs and last update of Apple routers, I decided not to buy the ‘current’ way-outdated model and went with a Netgear X6. Took a number of days to getting it working like I wanted, so not like Apple’s plug and play simplicity, but my internet speeds improved from average of 60 to average of 90. That with some other features make me glad I switched.

  • Nice. I recently ditched our latest AirPort Extreme, as our devices would hardly ever stay connected to the 5GHz band and we were seeing drops and connectivity issues, despite repeated troubleshooting.

    Jumped on a TP Link Archer C9 at Best Buy when it was on sale for $124. Sold the AirPort Extreme which more than paid for the new router and now getting consistent 150Mbps down with Shaw over Wi-Fi on my MacBook Pro and iPhone 7 Plus.

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  • Joker Eh

    As I understand you don’t want to use the 5GHz band it is only for short distances the 2.4GHz is better for longer distances. I think the dropped connection issues are due to IPV6 setting,

  • xxxJDxxx

    Seems a lot more ISP’s are pushing integrated modem/routers. Wonder if that has anything to do with it.

  • johnnygoodface

    Damn! I’m all AEs here… What if it needs a security patch, will they at least support that