6th Generation Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by luvmax, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. luvmax macrumors newbie

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    Hey Guys,

    Any idea when the 6th generation Airport Extreme will be released? I'm thinking of buying one but would appreciate anyone's input who understands the products life cycle.

    Thanks, -Luvmax
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Nobody knows. The AEBS is not on a normal product cycle.
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    It could be next week or it could be in 2014. No one knows.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    As mentioned, they have been inconsistent with life cycle, but the newest one just came out in June 2011 so I doubt a new one will appear real soon.
     
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  6. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Hopefully not anytime soon. I just got the 5th Generation one a few weeks ago. :p
     
  7. luvmax thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the responses guys. I picked up a used 5th gen for $100 today.
     
  8. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I don't see Apple releasing another AirPort Extreme until after the release of IEEE 802.11ac. I see a 6th Generation AirPort Extreme being released in 2013.
     
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  10. Ledgem macrumors 65816

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    802.11ac? Ugh, just when I'd upgraded all of my devices to have support for 802.11n...!
     
  11. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    You'll forever be one step behind the ball. :p

    Future devices should continue to 802.11n.
     
  12. Bioshox macrumors newbie

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    ac? jeeze, I've only just upgraded from my 5 year old G Belkin :')
     
  13. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    802.11ac (brilliant naming scheme that one... They're all over the place now with the letters, I swear, they must be paying some guy to come up with the most confusing labels possible) isn't ratified as a standard yet.

    I'm not even sure if it's on the draft level yet; remember, .11n was available as draft for I can't even remember how many years now, it was a bunch for sure. So don't go get all upset now over upgrading only just now; there's no hurry yet. There's not a single .11ac product available for sale, and there won't be for at least 6 months likely and by then they'll be expensive and probably not the most stable either.

    It's rarely a good idea to jump onto a wireless standard in the first generation of products, as they most likely won't be feature-complete or able to maximize the potential of the new standard. It took quite a while before .11n wifi products started supporting triple-stream transmissions for example and I'm sure something similar will happen with .11ac too.
     
  14. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Wasn't it named 'ac' because it provides air conditioning over the WiFi? :p
     
  15. Fastball32 macrumors member

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    It looks like Apple may release an 802.11ac pretty soon.
    http://www.macrumors.com/2012/01/23/apple-expected-to-adopt-802-11ac-5g-gigabit-wi-fi-this-year/

    Apple has been known to release "draft" versions much sooner than other companies, they have done this with wi-fi and bluetooth as well.

    I believe the perfect time to release the AC standard would be with an Apple TV, because who wants a TV that stutters due to wifi bandwidth? HDTV would require a lot of fast wireless transmission.

    If an Apple TV will be released in Quarter 3 of this year, then expect new Time Capsules, Airport Extremes and Expresses by the end of the year.

    I have a 4th generation Extreme Base Station and have been wanting to upgrade since the 5th generation came out last fall, but decided not to because a refresh should be coming within a year.
     
  16. jayhawk11 macrumors 6502a

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    Wow.
     
  17. aznboi91 macrumors regular

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    So what now? no ac :(
     
  18. bjm2660 macrumors 6502

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    I know the feeling.

    Fortunately, routers age much better than phones/tablets/PCs. It's not like they can't "run the latest games" or "support the latest software."

    I do think that the next AEBS and Time Machine will be a smaller form factor.

    Too bad I have to stare at my ugly Motorola modem every night…Apple isn't likely to make a modem.
     
  19. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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    and things like this makes me happy I have CAT6 run to multiple spots all over the house.
    All of my desktops are wired and I don't do enough WiFi file transfers for it to matter, WiFi is just more of a convenience so I can sit on the couch and surf the net.

    Also if I did want to upgrade the router, hopefully I could just get a 802.11ac internal card for the laptops.
     

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