I am really quite saddened to read this.
I love Apple’s routers. I’ve used them for years, and all my clients use them. They are so robust and reliable. Nothing worst than crappy linux based ADSL modem routers.
I really hoped this rumour was not legit back in 2016 when it went around, but I guess it was. It seems Apple have lost their understanding of what made it special. All it needed was a mesh wifi update and it’d be still top of the tree. So sad to see such amazing tech fall by the wayside.
P.S. Having set up a Velop system recently (the unit Apple retail now sell) I was underwhelmed with the software. Apple’s admin/management software for macOS & iOS was always top notch.