Apple Puts HomePod Smart Speaker Inside Dustbin

Apple HomePod

Apple has discontinued the original HomePod smart speaker and is currently under the dustbin. Touted as the powerful smart speaker, the Cupertino-based software giant is no longer selling the HomePod smart speaker. However, customers who have been working with Apple HomePod will not be affected because the company will continue to push software updates including technical support.

The Apple HomePod will be available for purchase until stocks last. If you would like to work with a Siri-enabled smart speaker, then you should ideally grab a unit. Apple revealed that the product team will continue to focus on the development of the HomePod Mini.

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Apple HomePod was introduced in 2018 and is regarded as the most powerful premium-sounding smart speaker available on the market. The HomePod smart speaker was widely criticized by tech enthusiasts because of the massive pricing of $349 per unit. Even though the price was dropped to $299, the HomePod speaker was one of the extensive smart speakers in the world. the speaker is available in India for Rs 19900. The Tim Cook-owned company has justified the pricing based on audio quality than the competing speakers from Amazon and Google.

Commenting on the development, Apple spokesperson disclosed that the original HomePod has been discontinued but will be available via Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers until the stocks exist. The company will continue to provide software updates in addition to technical support via Apple Care.

Apple HomePod Mini makes use of Apple Watch chip to run Siri. Priced at Rs 9900, the HomePod Mini can be used to listen to songs or podcasts. The speaker tightly integrates with Apple Music.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com