Apple is discontinuing the unique, full-size HomePod and can now focus its speaker efforts on the HomePod mini, the corporate instructed TechCrunch on Friday night.
Here’s what Apple mentioned in a press release to TechCrunch:
HomePod mini has been a success since its debut final fall, providing clients wonderful sound, an clever assistant, and sensible house 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 accessible whereas provides final by means of the Apple On-line Retailer, Apple Retail Shops, and Apple Licensed Resellers. Apple will present HomePod clients with software program updates and repair and assist by means of Apple Care.
The House Gray mannequin of the full-size HomePod is already offered out on Apple’s on-line retailer.
The complete-size HomePod had nice sound high quality, however it was criticized for its excessive $349 price ticket at launch. Apple finally dropped the worth to $299 in April 2019, and got here out with the $99 HomePod mini final 12 months.
The transfer isn’t altogether shocking; gross sales of the HomePod have reportedly been low, and in our overview, we felt that the HomePod mini provided good sound for its dimension.