Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod, its first smart speaker, launched back in 2017. After more than 4 years, the HomePod in its gray decoration is no longer listed in the official Apple e-shop. After sunset over the $ 349 smart speaker, Apple turns its attention to the smaller and cheaper HomePod mini. Here’s what Apple said in a statement shared with TechCrunch:
“The HomePod mini has been a hit since it debuted last fall, offering customers great sound, intelligent assistant, and smart home controls for just $ 99. We’ll focus on the HomePod mini. We’re 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 offer HomePod customers software updates, service and support through Apple Care. “
The Space Gray HomePod is currently out of stock in the Apple Store.
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The HomePod Mini launched back in October last year and seemed like a tastier package thanks to its $ 99 price tag. It was designed with a dynamic full range driver and two radiators to handle the bass output. Apple has equipped its mini smart speaker with an S5 chip to optimize the calculation of the audio output. Plus, users can create a stereo system, and inside there is also the U1 chip that allows users to pair their iPhone with it by simply bringing it near the speaker.
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Apple also offered a new intercom function with the HomePod mini. Through my experience I found the HomePod Mini to be the more compelling and reasonable package given its sound quality and the features it brings to the table for its $ 99 price tag. Yes, the larger HomePod sounds a lot better, but its $ 349 high price tag has put a lot of people off. and even though Apple cut the price to $ 299 in 2019, it was still on the higher side, especially when compared to what its competitors had to offer.
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I’ve been writing about consumer technology for over three years, having worked with names like NDTV and Beebom in the past. Leaving the latest news aside, I’ve checked out my fair share of devices that range from smartphones and laptops to smart home devices. I’ve also interviewed tech managers and appeared as a moderator on YouTube videos talking about the latest and greatest gadgets.