Current AirPort Express Gets Discontinued With Refresh Imminent [Report]

Current AirPort Express Gets Discontinued With Refresh Imminent [Report]

Apple’s current AirPort Express portable base station has been continued, according to a new report — making way for a second-generation device which is expected to appear imminently. The current model (MB321LL/A) can no longer be purchased from a number of third-party resellers.

The device is still available from the Apple online store, though we’d suggest you wait a a little while before purchasing one unless it’s really necessary. Authorized resellers like DataVision have informed AppleInsider that the current AirPort Express base station has been discontinued, while Amazon states it will not have stock until “2 to 5 weeks.”

Furthermore, a source “familiar with the matter” says Apple is also readying an update to the AirPort Utility for Mac — version 5.6 — which makes reference to a second-generation unit in its developer release notes:

“Adds support for the AirPort Express 802.11n (2nd Generation) base station.”

Other members of the Apple AirPort family have already received product refreshes earlier this year, with the Cupertino company issuing updates to both the Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme base stations. Though no major changes are apparent with the latest models, an FCC filing revealed they boast a signal strength of up to 2.8 times that of the previous generation.

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  • HenryMcNinja

    Good I’ve put off buying one for about a month now because i thought this was imminent

  • Commonman

    But why? the author clearly states: “Apple’s current AirPort Express portable base station has been continued, according to a new report — making way for a second-generation device which is expected to appear imminently.”  So if it’s continued, why is is making way for a second-generation? 

  • Commonman

    I really can’t believe this guy can’t spell/fact check a four paragraph statement. And to think I left Engadget for this.

  • Chet

    **FAIL**   “This guys can’t spell” ???  Neither can you from the looks of it. 

  • voidzm

    Can we try “discontinued” instead of “continued”?

  • Guest

    Hey Killian, don’t quit your day job mate…

    Oh wait… :/

  • Joshua Stockwell

    I hope they change the design of this. I thought is was a terrible design to make the swappable plug slide up making it a pain for using on wall outlets.

  • Jonathon Wilson

    Could you have taken a few seconds to read through what you just typed? 

  • disuse

    All I ask for is to add QoS to the AirPort firmware… Is that too much to ask?

  • Ralph

    It would be very nice if Apple put a wi-fi transmitter inside the AppleTv.
    It would increase a lot it’s sales, I would buy one just for the convenience, because I like both ideas: Having my media in my living room and a wi-fi enhancer! But I don’t need it a lot, so I won’t buy them separate.

  • oscarfeliciano

    This would be the 3rd generation of Airport Express and not the 2nd.  The 2nd (and current) generation brought 802.11n and Ethernet bridging.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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