Apple is discontinuing the original HomePod, the company told TechCrunch on Friday and said it will now focus its efforts on the HomePod mini.
“HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an intelligent assistant, and smart home control all for just $99,” Apple’s statement to TechCrunch reads. “We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to 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 service and support through Apple Care.”
On Apple’s online store for the HomePod, a “While supplies last” message is shown on the product page for the white colour. The space grey colour has already been sold out on the store and there will no longer be a restock.
Apple launched the HomePod in 2018 and it gained good reviews for its audio quality, however, people were not too keen on the $349 price. Apple dropped the price to $299 in April 2019 and supported the product with software update improvements. Despite this, the HomePod didn’t really disrupt the market as people preferred to spend less on other alternatives.
To be competitive, Apple launched the HomePod mini last year for $99 which is smaller in size and gives a better value for money.