What you need to know
- AirPort Utility is used to manage AirPort hardware.
- The app hasn't been updated in more than a year.
- The hardware isn't sold anymore, either.
Apple has updated its AirPort Utility app for iOS for the first time in more than a year. The app is used to manage Apple's discontinued AirPort hardware.
Apple didn't go into detail as to what changed with this update, instead giving us a single sentence in the App Store release notes. Despite telling developers they need to provide real information in their notes.
We'd heard multiple reports that the AirPort Utility app wasn't working correctly as soon as iOS 13 landed last month and it's likely this update is to correct that. If you're an AirPort user we'd love to hear from you in the comments below. Is AirPort Utility now behaving itself for you?
Apple officially discontinued its entire AirPort line of products in April of last year, although many people are still using them. A funcitoning AirPort Utility app is a requirement for those people and this update hopefully provides it.
The AirPort Utility update is now available as a free dowload (opens in new tab) from the App Store.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Wow...wish I'd been more diligent last week and looked deeper into this coming update. Right at the same time as iOS 13, Comcast started behaving poorly, so I tried to look into things on my network (Airport Extreme 'base' and 2 Airport Express's as 'satellites')...stupid app kept crashing. Then I couldn't get the satellites to tie back into the main network. Scrapped all of it and bought a NetGear Orbi setup...very happy with it and recommend it highly. Was trying to hold out until HomeKit network bits were available later this year (allegedly)...oh well!
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