AirPort Utility 6.0 for Mac OS X Lion Released with iOS Interface

Jan 30, 2012 - 5 Comments

AirPort Utility 6 for OS X Lion

Apple has released an all new version of AirPort Utility for OS X Lion with a redesigned user interface. The revised appearance makes it simpler to use, with the first screen showing a graphical overview of the network and all connected devices.

Interestingly, the new Mac version looks practically identical to the current iOS version, as shown in screen shots posted on MacStories. The left side of the image below shows the iOS version and the right side shows the new AirPort Utility app on a Mac:

iOS vs Mac version of Airport Utility

AirPort Utility is an app that lets users easily manage and set up Wi-Fi networks using Apple’s AirPort base station, AirPort Express, AirPort Extreme, and Time Capsule. If you use a third party router or wireless backup service, the AirPort Utility app will not be of use to you, however.

You can download AirPort Utility 6 through Software Update, or get it directly from Apple. Corresponding firmware updates for Time Capsule and AirPort were also pushed out today, those will only appear in Software Update if you are actively using those devices.


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Posted by: Matt Chan in Mac OS, News


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  1. MacMan says:

    SO i upgrade to mountian lion and the new airport utility and now I have no access control tab by which to control user access via Mac ID’s ?? Really? THis is a huge step backwards? I cannot now control my many childrens time control access to the internet in the home? THis is now worthless to me!

  2. UFO says:

    Whats up will all this new downsize crap coming from A$$$le. I could understand this but only if there is a advance option to chose from…

  3. HKMacs says:

    Lost the ability to downgrade firmware and lacking information on errors. Yet another dumbed-down backward step I’m afraid!

  4. Eric S says:

    The iOSification of the Mac continues. Harder to find detailed information, no meaningful progress bars, dumbed down UX, not a fan personally.

    The good news is an update to the old version came out today too

    • Bilton says:

      Settle down. Yes the Mac is being dumbed down, but the core is still there. It’s at least 4-5 years out before Mac and iOS join forces into a unified OS, and at that point there will be much more to the ecosystem than the currently inept and woefully consumption orientated iOS.

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