Apple is officially leaving the router business, and the company announced today that it will discontinue its AirPort, AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule routers through Engadget . It is reported that Apple will continue to offer bug fixes and security patches for devices in the future, but the company is selling all the remaining AirPort hardware while supplies last.
The death of Apple's router business has been slow to come, with Bloomberg reporting in November 2016 that Apple had dissolved the hardware division responsible for its routers, which last saw an update of 802.11ac Wi-Fi in 2013. Since then, the company's AirPort offerings have become obsolete slowly due to the growing popularity of Wi-Fi mesh systems such as Eero, Google Wifi and Linksys Velop (the latter of which Apple it currently sells in its stores now.)
Still, the dream of AirPort might not be totally dead: Apple told Engadget that the company could return to space at some point in the future if it finds a Significant way to advance in the routers.