“We’re discontinuing the Apple AirPort base station products. They will be available through Apple.com, Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last.” – Apple terminates production of AirPorts
Apple has officially concluded its home networking business, confirming that the AirPort, a wireless router line first produced in 1999, will be phased out. This does not come as a major surprise given that the line was last updated in 2013 when new models were unveiled in conjunction with the release of the MacBook Air, and since this period Apple has visibly shifted towards the development of mobile technology.
Wi-Fi had been invented in 1997, and as a consequence, when AirPort models were introduced 2 years later, wireless networking and also home routers presented a novel concept to replace the initial single PC connected via dial-up to the internet, and it was aimed at allowing an internet connection across more than one machine alongside Apple’s iMac and new iBook revealed at the same time.
Soon many ISPs proffered a bundle containing a Wi-Fi enabled router coupled with their internet service and modem gateway, however since then the vast potential for profits across the world of mobile technology has seen an inevitable shift away from the home networking business as the company’s priorities changed, and now, nearly two decades after it was first available we must bade farewell to the AirPort line.