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FCC outs new Apple AirPort Extreme

The Federal Communications Commission posts its test report on a new AirPort Extreme Base Station, Apple's wireless hardware.

The label for the new AirPort Extreme Base Station.

Apple may soon be launching a new AirPort Extreme Base Station.

The Federal Communications Commission today posted its test report on a new version of Apple's wireless hardware. Dubbed model A1408, the device is a 3x3 wireless access point operating on both the 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz bands, according to the FCC filing.

Rumors that Apple is planning to launch new wireless hardware have been cropping up for weeks. Leading up to Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference earlier this month, reports surfaced claiming Apple would be updating its AirPort Extreme Base Station, along with its Time Capsule--the company's wireless-and-storage combo--at the annual event. Those devices were never announced.

However, it's about time for an upgrade. The last major update to Time Capsule and the AirPort Extreme Base Station came in 2009 when Apple added dual-band support and improved wireless performance.

The Time Capsule comes in 1TB and 2TB versions, which retail for $299 and $499, respectively. Apple's AirPort Extreme Base Station sells for $179.

If Apple does, in fact, update the AirPort Extreme Base Station soon with model A1408, there's no telling what the device might offer--the FCC report contained little information on its features. And as expected, Apple isn't talking. The company did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.