Alongside Apple’s prominent line of mobile devices, they also have had a strong line of WiFi routers. And unfortunately, they will be no more, as Apple is axing the WiFi router division and assigning those engineers to other divisions.
This comes from a report posted via Bloomberg, and citing unnamed sources that are saying that the former AirPort engineers are now working on other teams, even including AppleTV development.
This would suggest that Apple has no future plans to upgrade their lineup of routers that consists of the AirPort Extreme, Time Capsule, and AirPort Express. The smaller AirPort Express hasn’t seen an update to the latest WiFi standard 802.11ac, it is still at the generation old 802.11n standard.
Their “flagship” routers, the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule haven’t been updated since 2013, and have been since pulled off the shelves in US stores. The last update those routers received was getting the upgrade to the 802.11ac WiFi standard.
The news of Apple exiting the WiFi router market comes weeks after it was revealed that Apple would also exit the monitor business and not make a successor to the Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display. Instead, they’re marketing LG’s 4K and 5K UltraFine displays that connect via USB-C and Thunderbolt 3. Apple could be taking the newly found time and engineers to focus on improving their current product line, or even some secret projects that have yet to be announced.