The recent Apple AirPort firmware update appears to have fixed the ?Back to my Mac? bug. However, the outcome of the hardware seems to be still in doubt.
Apple Airport Firmware Update Version 7.6.8 & 7.7.8
Back in Tuesday, Apple released versions 7.7.8 for the 802.11ac AirPort Extreme and 7.6.8 for the 802.11n AirPort Extreme. According to the release notes from Apple, the update fixes the problem where the routers would become unresponsive to the AirPort utility when ?Back to My Mac? feature is enabled. In addition, it also fixes several issues and made some unspecified security fixes.
The Apple AirPort firmware update is installed using the AirPort Utility. If the routers aren?t visible as a result of enabling ?Back to my Mac? feature, disabling it and rebooting the routers solves the problem. Hence, the updates will now be allowed to reach the device.
Apple AirPort To Be Abandoned?
Back in November, there are reports suggesting that Apple may be abandoning the AirPort lineup hardware. As a matter of fact, former engineers of AirPort are now reportedly working on other projects such as the Apple TV development.
According to AppleInsider, sources told them that the original AirPort wasn?t really theirs and they just bought it. Apple then supported that for a decent amount of time even after they?ve built their own, re-organized the team, and some guys that were there to advance the platform were also removed.
Apparently, Apple has no plans to update the current family of routers according to the internal departmental changes. That includes the Apple AirPort Time Capsule, AirPort Express, and AirPort Extreme. However, the possibility of the functionality being added to a different product shouldn?t be discounted.
Apple?s AirPlay audio target, as well as the AirPort Express network extender has not even been updated to the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi version. Furthermore, it?s safe to say that Apple would eventually end the support for the old software soon.
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