Apple prepping next-generation AirPort Express?

AppleInsider is reporting that Apple is planning to launch a new version of its 802.11n AirPort Express Base Station router.

According to the publication, citing “a person familiar with the matter,” as-yet released developer notes for the upcoming AirPort Utility 5.6 mention a new AirPort Express Base Station.

“Adds support for the AirPort Express 802.11n (second-generation) base station,” the note reportedly reads.

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To further bolster its claims, AppleInsider pointed to’s listing of the AirPort Express, which claims the $99 device, which creates a wireless network in the home for up to 10 users, won’t ship for two to five weeks. The publication also pointed to authorized reseller, DataVision, which says the Express is discontinued. However, the device, which plugs into a wall outlet and creates a wireless network in the home, is available on Apple’s online store.

If Apple does, in fact, launch a new AirPort Express Base Station, the company would finally round out its wireless-networking products. In June, Apple updated its Time Capsule and AirPort Extreme, but notably left its AirPort Express as-is.

Even so, it’s about time the AirPort Express is updated: the current version launched in 2008.