Apple is Discontinuing the Original HomePod
After a 3 year run, Apple has decided to discontinue its original HomePod.
Originally launched back in 2018, the smart speaker took the tech giant five years to style and develop. In fact, Apple even built an entire new development center only for this project near its headquarters in Cupertino, fully equipped with quite a dozen anechoic chambers. While the HomePod offered users great sound quality and smart access to a number of the company’s more popular features like AirPlay and Siri, its $350 USD tag eventually became its downfall when Apple introduced the HomePod Mini, a way more compact version of its predecessor with even more features, and most significantly only retailed at $100 USD. In light of this waning popularity, the corporate has now ultimately decided to discontinue the smart speaker.
“HomePod mini has been successful since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99,” said a press release from Apple to Tech Crunch. “We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the first HomePod, it’ll still be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates and repair and support through Apple Care.”