When will apple update the Airport Extreme?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by aaronr007, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. aaronr007 macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2016
    Washington State
    Hello everyone, first post here, (sorry if this is in the wrong section). I'm about to buy a Airport extreme but then I realized the last time it was updated was 2013...I am not in that much of a hurry to buy it so i can definitely wait, I tried to find rumors on the internet but didn't have much luck. Does anyone here have any ideas?

    I know the updates that apple would maybe implement this year would probably not make me regret my decision to buy now but I'm curious.

    (I bought a macbook pro 15" last year about a week before they updated it so I'm trying not to repeat that again haha)
  2. MacPro2014 macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2013
    I believe you are pretty safe to go ahead and get an Airport Extreme now. If I am not mistaking...the next wifi standard would be ad or ax. Some rumors have these standards appearing in 2016/2017 but as long as computers and other devices are using ac it will not cause Apple to jump quickly. The official ratification for the standard is rumored to be 2018/2019.

    It is possible hard drive changes are made if you are looking at the Time Capsule versions but I wouldn't worry about that either. As long as you have additional hard drives or can expand storage to the device the current systems are capable. I think Apple has other devices that are more important to update in their lineup.
  3. LiveM macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2015
    Just go ahead and enjoy it now and sell it later for 90%, which probably won't be until you get at least one device with whatever Wi-Fi standard is next.

    Life is too short to miss out on such low-cost pleasures.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Apple goes for very long stretches of time between its peripheral updates and there's really no reason for apple to update the current flavor, i.e., no new 802.11 standard to embrace.

    I'd say get it now
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    It's worth noting that Apple sells refurbished versions of the Airport Extreme for a nice discount (35%).

    See this page:

    Looks to be out-of-stock at the moment.
    But worth waiting for if you're not in a hurry.
  6. aaronr007 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2016
    Washington State

    Thank you very much for your response, I will pull the trigger now thank you! You are right, I doubt the airport express and extreme are high on the list of items to update.
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    This is very true, life is short haha I'm gonna get one now, thank you!
  7. norsemen macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
    Actually iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the new Apple TV and iPad Pro added 802.11ac wave 2 support. Which points to an imminent upgrade of Airport Extreme.
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  8. ValiumEater macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2015

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