Apple on Friday stated that it’s discontinuing the original HomePod smart speaker and can as a substitute concentrate on the smaller, extra reasonably priced and newer HomePod mini.
The original HomePod was launched in 2018 however by no means fairly grabbed the mass market the best way competing merchandise just like the Amazon Echo or Google Home smart audio system did. While the HomePod has been lauded for its high-quality sound, it additionally launched at $349, which was rather more costly than the Echo or Google Home it was competing with. Apple lowered the worth to $300 a yr later.
Apple HomePod Mini
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The HomePod mini launched final November and, at $99, is among the many best-sounding audio system of its measurement. That’s the mannequin Apple says it’s going to proceed to promote.
“HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99,” an Apple spokesperson informed CNBC on Friday. “We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates and service and support through Apple Care.”
The information was first reported by TechCrunch.