Apple's Air Port Express network extender and Air Play audio target has not even been updated to the 802.11ac Wi-Fi specification.
Apple today released a new firmware update for all of its 802.11n Wi-Fi base stations, including the Air Port Express, Air Port Extreme, and Air Port Time Capsule.
"Just because the hardware guys have moved on to other things, doesn't mean we won't support the software." Near the end of November, reports started circulating —backed by sources —suggesting that Apple may be ending the Air Port family hardware.
Former Air Port engineers are now reportedly working on other teams, including Apple TV development.
While both the Air Port Extreme and the Air Port Time Capsule were last updated in June 2013 with 802.11ac Wi-Fi, but the 802.11n Air Port Express has not been updated since 2012.
In late May 2016, Apple's base stations disappeared from retail stores sparking speculation of a refresh, but just a week later, they returned to the store.
Apple also said there are security holes patched in the update, but the security document for this release has not been published as of this writing.Air Port Extreme and Time Capsule Firmware Update is for Air Port Extreme and Air Port Time Capsule base stations with 802.11ac.For more information on using Air Port products, go to the Product Support Page.Just as we expected, Apple updated its Air Port Extreme wireless base station yesterday — not long after the new Time Capsules entered the online store.But other than a different model number, what’s new?According to Apple's release notes, the update fixes an issue where the routers would not respond to the Air Port Utility when "Back to My Mac" is enabled. Air Port software updates are installed through the Air Port Utility.