Looks like Apple may be set to release an AirPort Utility app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad in the App Store. The app would let you manage Apple's AirPort Express and AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi routers without having to use a PC.

Rumors of AirPort Utility functionality in iOS 5 have been around for a while, but when nothing appeared in the release candidate, it looked like Apple might be waiting on iOS 5.1 or later to surface it. Releasing in the App Store, however, means Apple will be able to iterate independently from the main iOS firmware, and users who don't have AirPorts and don't need the feature don't have to have it on their device.

Whether or not Apple chooses to release an AirPort Utility app alongside iOS 5 on Oct 12 is uncertain, but would be most welcome.

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