What you need to know
- Apple has announced that they are discontinuing the HomePod.
- The company will continue to support it with software updates and service through AppleCare.
- The HomePod mini will become the company's only smart speaker.
Yesterday, it was reported that the Space Gray HomePod was unavailable through Apple. At the time, it was thought that Apple may be running into production issues with the device, a reasonable guess due to the supply chain issues with virtually every product during the pandemic.
However, it appears that the lack of availability is due to the fact that Apple has made the decision to discontinue the HomePod altogether.
As reported by TechCrunch, after a four-year run, Apple is discontinuing the HomePod and focusing completely on the HomePod mini, its smaller but mighty HomePod speaker. The original HomePod, which took five years for the company to make, took an immense effort and a huge commitment from the company to produce the product that came to market.
While almost everyone praised the speaker for its incredible audio quality, it struggled to gain any kind of major traction due to the price point and the state of Siri, Apple's voice assistant, at the time of release.
In a statement, Apple says that the HomePod will continue to be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple Stores, and authorized third-party retailers until supplies run out. It has also promised to continue to support the speaker with software updates and service through AppleCare, but it is unclear for how long.
While the original HomePod never took off, we have to be appreciative for its existence. We never would have gotten the HomePod mini without it.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Ouch! Bait and switch burn.
Bait and switch works the other way - you discontinue the cheap one so you can make more money on the expensive one.
You havent seen the replacement yet - think: airpods max pricing
This hurts. I have two HomePods and two Minis, both setup as a stereo pair in different rooms. The original HomePod definitely sounds better, but the Mini has better technology with the U1 chip and Thread support, and is cheaper. I'm hoping that Apple will create something like a HomePod Sound Bar that has the equivalent of an Apple TV 4K incorporated in it. Use the HomePod Mini as surround speakers to expand the sound. I wonder if Apple is thinking of this when they put surround capability in the HomePod for the Apple TV 4K just before they discontinued the HomePod.
"after a four-year run" Really, they have been out that long? I have two, each purchased at $199 sales. (At that price they are no-brainers, if you are Apple-y) They definitely sound better than the Minis, of which I have 3. They also sound better than any of the Amazon and Google AI speakers I have. The house is an Echo house for what it does; timers, intercom, quick look-ups, facts, weather, home control. The HomePods are for music. I have also never had any of my HomePods say, "you may be running low on toilet paper, would you like to order some now?" (yes, I have had Echos do that sort of thing). Lord only knows what my Google Home is up to.
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