Apple has quietly shuffled the HomePod into retirement.
After three years of manufacturing, Apple will discontinue its good speaker that was lauded for its sound quality, but criticized for a steep price tag and subpar Siri assist. TechCrunch first reported the information, and obtained a press release from Apple:
HomePod mini has been successful since its debut final fall, providing prospects wonderful sound, an clever assistant, and good residence management all for simply $99. We’re focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We’re discontinuing the unique HomePod, it is going to proceed to be out there whereas provides final by means of the Apple On-line Retailer, Apple Retail Shops, and Apple Approved Resellers. Apple will present HomePod prospects with software program updates and repair and assist by means of Apple Care.
The House Gray HomePod is already sold out in the Apple Store, however in order for you a bit of discontinued gadget historical past, the White HomePod remains to be in inventory on the time of publishing.
The HomePod debuted in 2018 with Mashable calling it “phenomenal” and “the best-sound good speaker but,” for those who have been “OK with dropping $350 on a wise speaker.” The HomePod entered the battle of good audio system late, lagging behind the 2014 release of the Amazon Echo and 2016 debut of the Google Home. In 2019, Apple tried to make the HomePod extra aggressive by dropping the value from $349 to $299, however the gadget nonetheless didn’t catch as much as Amazon and Google’s good speaker recognition.
As Apple famous in its assertion, the tech big will shift focus to the $99 HomePod mini. The mini with its eye-pleasing orb design, strong sound high quality, and nonetheless subpar Siri capabilities debuted final fall.