You can still buy a HomePod – two months after it was discontinued
What you need to know
- HomePod was discontinued on March 12, but you can still order one today.
- Black is sold out but there are still white models available at apple.com.
Apple discontinued its chonky HomePod back on March 12 which is a two months ago at this point. Yet, heading over to the online Apple Store shows that you can still order one to be delivered to your door. So long as you want the white one, that is.
Normally Apple products disappear pretty sharpish once they're discontinued, with the company usually pretty good at avoiding having too much inventory sat around. That seems to have gone very wrong with HomePod.
Apple's HomePod mini seems to be selling well, comparatively, thanks to that much more realistic $99 asking price. The $349 HomePod always felt too costly, and sales seem to have backed that up. In fact, one person who bought a new HomePod the week after it was discontinued noticed that it was a unit from the launch stock.
That launch stock was from 2017.
The 2nd HomePod I bought after their cancellation is also from the launch stock. pic.twitter.com/57hnST0TeJThe 2nd HomePod I bought after their cancellation is also from the launch stock. pic.twitter.com/57hnST0TeJ— Michael Kukielka (@DetroitBORG) March 17, 2021March 17, 2021
In a market that continues to grow, Apple's diminutive HomePod mini is clearly one of the best wireless speakers on the market. The larger HomePod might well have been as well. It's just a shame so few people got to find that out.
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Just the price. It really dissuaded folks from even trying them. I got two when they were on sale for $200. They produce great sound. I'm not sure I could ever swallow $350, or even $300. They were a steal at $200 but $250 would still be reasonable.
The most overpriced, overrated Apple product ever. And as you can imagine, that's up against some pretty stiff competition. $700 buys astonishing stereo speakers. These things are toys by comparison.