Apple will quit the router market
Tech companies believe in the future with connected houses. Smart routers are also part of this effort, but it looks like not every company believes in the future of the router market. That is why Apple is reportedly existing the router market by stop making new AirPort models.
For several years, Apple was offering two routers for its users, AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express, but not anymore. If the reports are true, they have no interest in updating the current models, which came in 2008 with a support of 802.11ac. Those models were priced either at $99 or $199 depending on the device.
AirPort models came before the companies realized that it was a good idea to invest in connected routers. This way, users would get a stable Wi-Fi connection in all of their rooms. However, at the same time, they would spend more money by buying more than one router. Even though Apple allowed you to connected few of those to each other, it was hard to setup a network of more than one AirPort unit.
However, it is important to indicate that Apple is not exiting the smart home business. There are still rumors saying that they will make a speaker with Siri, in order to compete with Amazon Alexa or Google Home.