As Apple retail stores begin to clear their inventories of the AirPort and Time Capsule wireless networking devices, could Apple be planning a refresh for these devices during WWDC next week?
A source for MacRumors reports that his local Apple retail store has completely sold out of both Time Capsule units, in addition to the AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme base stations. Another source reports that at a separate location all Time Capsule units are sold out, and that a sales representative revealed there are no shipments planned to replenish stock of the current device.
TUAW readers are also reporting similar stories:
A reader let us know that all of the Apple Stores in his area are out of AirPort Express models, and one of our sources confirmed the Apple Store in his area is out of stock on not just the Express, but the AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule as well. Another source says supplies at one store are not constrained and never have been, but the store “may have” received a notice to send its AirPort device inventory back.
When Apple’s retail stores begin to run out of certain products and shipments cease arriving, it’s often a good indication that a product refresh is on its way. With WWDC less than a week away, will Apple refresh these products at some point during the 5-day event, despite speculation that it will focus entirely on software?.