• Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme are Out of Stock in US Apple Stores [Update]

    The last time Apple updated its Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme devices was at the Worldwide Developers Conference in 2013.

    Since then, updates for the devices have bene few and far between. Both devices actually received a rare update earlier this week, but more important changes could be coming down the pipe. According to a report from MacRumors, citing several different tips, the Time Capsule and Airport Extreme are out of stock in Apple Store locations in the United States.

    “I was trying to buy an AirPort Extreme today from the Beverly Hills Apple Store and an employee told me that Apple had asked for all of them back from all the stores,”
    Looking into the tips, the publication reached out to Apple Support, and was told that the company has indeed pulled both the Time Capsule and the AirPort Extreme stock from all of the Apple Stores in the United States. However, it’s worth noting that the AirPort Express, as well as the AirPort base stations are still available to purchase, both online and in US-based stores.

    The Personal Pickup tool, which allows Apple customers to buy a product from the online store and have it ready to be picked up at a local store, is no longer available for either the AirPort Extreme or Time Capsule, either. It may be possible to find a limited selection of the products at third-party retailers.

    Interestingly enough, pulling the devices appears to be limited to just the United States for now:

    “A retail source informed us that the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule remain in stock at stores in the U.K., as confirmed by Personal Pickup, and the Wi-Fi base stations are also currently available at most stores in Australia, Canada, and Europe, so the in-store outage appears to be limited to U.S. stores for now.”
    There was no comment from Apple regarding the pulled stock, but the publication suggests it could be happening for a variety of reasons, including that aforementioned firmware update, redesigned physical storefronts, or even a possible refresh at this year’s WWDC taking place in mid-June. Stock is still available in other countries, including the United Kingdom, with devices also available in Australia, Europe, and Canada.

    It’s an interesting turn of events, too, considering rumors regarding Apple’s plans introducing a competitor to the Amazon Echo and Google Home are ramping up. A new product within the AirPort lineup that works as a Wi-Fi router, as well as an external, wireless speaker and hub for HomeKit devices seems like a perfect device for Apple at this point. Include a microphone, and maybe even a camera, as well as full Siri integration, and Apple has a competing device right there. Or it could be a revamped Apple TV.

    Update: In a follow-up to the original report, the publication states that Apple could be complying with a mandate issued by the FCC to be set in place on June 2, 2016, which is related to software security. That could explain why the pulled stock is only happening in the United States:

    “Starting June 2, 2016, permissive changes will not be permitted for devices approved under the old rules, unless they meet the requirements of the new rules,” the FCC writes. “All devices partially or completely approved under the old rules cannot be marketed starting June 2, 2016 unless they meet the requirements of the new rules in all the bands of operation.”
    [via Apple]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme are Out of Stock in US Apple Stores [Update] started by Caiden Spencer View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. therandy's Avatar
      therandy -
      I'm going to assume it's the FCC path for the pulling. Although the shape of it with home automation shire does seem ideal. Similar to the Echo size.
    1. Purple Minion's Avatar
      Purple Minion -
      Only a noob would buy an Apple "AirPort" WiFi router. If you go to Apple's webpage, you'll notice they don't mention the word "router". Is that you keep all their noob users in the dark, so they don't know they can go out and compare against other routers? How about technical speed specifications? Nope! The Extreme model says only "Ultrafast 3x". Is that compared to the Express model, and just how fast is that compared to other routers on the market? Hard to tell by reading the fine print: AirPort Extreme is based on an IEEE 802.11ac draft specification. Performance based on comparison with Apple’s 802.11n products. Comparison assumes AirPort Extreme network with 802.11ac-enabled computer. Speed and range will be less if an 802.11a/b/g product joins the network. Accessing the wireless network requires a Wi-Fi-enabled device. Actual speed will vary based on range, connection rate, site conditions, size of network, and other factors. Range will vary with site conditions.

      Apple sez: Don't ask what it is. Don't ask about technical specifications. Just open your wallet while you're bending over getting screwed.
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