Until 2018, Apple successfully launched a line of routers under the AirPort brand. Now there is no such offer, and on the website the company offers to buy third-party brand routers. Mark Gurman of Bloomberg believes it’s time to return to AirPort.
History of AirPort
Recall how it all began. The first generation of Apple AirPort appeared in 1999. The device looked like a flying saucer and supported the 802.11b standard. The router provided a wireless connection at speeds up to 11 Mbps.
The final line included three models. AirPort Extreme with gigabit ports and three LAN ports; AirPort Express, which delivered speeds up to 300 Mbps; AirPort Time Capsule with Extreme specs and built-in storage for automatic Mac backups.
In 2016, information appeared about the dissolution of the AirPort team , and in 2018, the IT giant stopped selling products. Now only Linksys routers with HomeKit support are presented on the corporation’s website.
What the new AirPort has to offer
According to Gurman, Cupertino engineers should develop a router with the ability to combine into a mesh structure. Such networks involve placing multiple routers throughout the home with complete wireless coverage.
The journalist believes that the deep integration of AirPort with the iPhone will greatly simplify the configuration of the router and spread “apple” devices where Apple still cannot penetrate . That is, living rooms.
Another Californian tech giant can build router functionality into HomePod speakers. They are now allowed to be combined into a single network so that music sounds throughout the apartment. And AirPort functionality will make audio devices more attractive to buyers.
Gurman draws attention to alternatives from Apple’s competitors – Google Nest and Amazon eero. They can be combined into a mesh network and are compatible with proprietary voice assistants. Apple can do the same.