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Thu Jan/19 Apple Abandons Airport

Apple Abandons Airport

Mark Gurman writing for Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. has disbanded its division that develops wireless routers, another move to try to sharpen the company’s focus on consumer products that generate the bulk of its revenue, according to people familiar with the matter.

If the rumors are true, and Apple is out of the standalone display business, this report makes sense.

In a world where the most popular computers have a always-on cellular connection, and every ISP gives you a free wireless router on contract, it makes sense for Apple to get out of wireless router business.

If Apple replaces the Airport Base Stations in their retail stores with a third-party product, Eero seems to make the most sense. Eero has dedicated apps like Airport, and is innovating in a direction that Airport has not moved in years.