Apple Ceases Development of 'Airport' Wireless Routers

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  1. Edelheid

    Edelheid Active Member

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    Read the entirety of the story here.

    This is a bummer. I've delayed my purchase in hopes of a new update to the router, but I guess that's unlikely to happen now. Might as well make a purchase in the days to come since nothing new is ever coming out again.
     
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    Wow! Does it mean that the one i purchased last year is the last of its kind? Tsk tsk!
     
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    So is the Apple TV the new hub? HomeKit + iCloud Time Capsule + TV + Wifi router?
     
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    Thought the reasoning was since wireless wont be needed already... hahahaha just like the removal of external ports. :)
     
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    Might end up choosing Ubiquity APs moving forward :D
     
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    ^^Hahaha.. Ok siya @bacchus_3. Pati user interface for setup/management. We currently use it in our office on all floors and it has improved our network experience. Might try it for home use as well. Will it improve our NAT issues?
     
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    Our TC is at 4 years already. My AE since 2008. I think they were and will be reliable still
     
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    Hahaha, no. NAT issues is half due to our provider. My AEBS has been very reliable on NAT routing...and very reliable. This thing is more than 4 years old I think. But yeah if my AEBS conks out I'd definitely pick Ubiquity.
     
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    Okidoks. Ako din I still have the Time Capsule at home. Problem is it doesn't look like it's gonna give anytime soon.. hahaha.. I've had 3 modems already from the provider that conked out since I got it.
     
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    It's a shame because I truly liked how relatively easy it was to set up. I'm always willing to pay a premium if it ensures me a great experience, and as an added bonus these products typically come with stellar (subjective) hardware design. These simple things are what allows me look past the hefty price tag. Overall it's upsetting for me to see them dump commodities that are essentially part of their ecosystem.

    Somewhere in Cupertino, Tim Cooks is pointing at another product screaming "YOU'RE NEXT!!!" a la Goldberg.
     
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    Been using our Time Capsule for maybe 6 years now and been wanting to replace it. But the damn thing just won't break down.
     
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    I still have a Snow ABS that works ;)
     
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    This is a bummer! Been waiting for a new one to upgrade to -- hoping that they will include a cache system for app updates and apple music, too.
     
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    Even though I'm not using Apple Extreme Base stations anymore, i'm a little bit saddened by this development. I've always wanted to see what Apple had to contribute in this area.
     
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    +1 on this. The Apple TV already does this sort of thing, I think.
     
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    Yikes! Support for AirPort routers is gradually turning subpar with the cancellation. Just approached them via Apple Support Chat and every chat until now they had to redirect me to telephone support with the wireless team. Even for simple, general-based questions, they are now unable to answer because they "no longer have access to the hardware".

    I'll probably need to make the switch to Ubiquiti sooner rather than later.
     
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    Huwaaa??... And here I am contemplating to get a 2TB Time Capsule. My old D-Link's gotten very unreliable lately and was thinking this is the perfect opportunity to add the TC to my personal Apple ecosystem.

    So big question is... given the fact that Apple will be shutting down this product area, is it still worth buying a TC now? If I buy brand new, Im hoping it would last me a long time that I may not need support for it on the long term. Of if I buy a pre-owned TC, I wouldn't feel too bad if it breaks down sooner than later since I got it a bit cheaper than new. Appreciate your thoughts on this y'all... :)
     

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