Tonight, Apple announced through TechCrunch that the original HomePod has been discontinued. The company will focus on the HomePod mini introduced in October. The original HomePod will continue to be available from Apple and other resellers until delivery is complete. Apple also notes that the HomePod will continue to receive software updates and support from Apple Care.
Apple’s official statement to TechCrunch’s Matt Panzarino says:
HomePod mini has been a success since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, a smart assistant and smart home control for just $ 99. We focus our efforts on the HomePod mini. We stop the original HomePod, it will continue to be available until the supply is exhausted through the Apple online store, Apple retail stores and Apple authorized distributors. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates, services and support through Apple Care.
I reported yesterday that the Space Gray HomePod has become unavailable on Apple.com in the US. At this time, the white model is still available online. Both are still available in some Apple retail stores.
The original HomePod was positioned as a high-end speaker, which was a smart second assistant. With the introduction of the new HomePod mini last year, Apple focused on the lower end of the market, competing with Amazon Echo and Google Nest products. He put more emphasis on smart home integration with HomeKit, as well as Siri intelligence.
HomePod mini has excellent sound quality, especially when paired with other HomePod minis. It’s not as good as the original HomePod, but Apple’s focus no longer seems to be on sound quality. The HomePod mini is significantly cheaper than the original HomePod, at just $ 99, rather than $ 299.
You can pick up a HomePod from Apple.com or another reseller before leaving the shelves forever and fulfilling the same fate as iPod Hi-Fi. Are you sad that Apple is interrupting your HomePod? Tell us what you think in the comments below.
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