Apple is focusing on the HomePod mini model while deciding to cancel for HomePod production.Apple announced that they decided to terminate the HomePod production.
Instead, the company intends to focus on the HomePod mini model announced in October. It is stated that the sales of the first HomePod model will continue at Apple and other authorized dealers until the stocks are over. Additionally, the smart speaker will continue to receive software updates and support from Apple Care.
The statement given by Apple to TechCrunch is as follows:
“The HomePod mini has been a hit since its launch last fall, offering customers incredible audio, a smart assistant and smart home control for just $ 99. We’re concentrating our efforts on HomePod mini. We’re finalizing the original HomePod. The product will be available through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers until stocks last. Apple will provide software updates and service and support to HomePod customers through Apple Care. ”
HomePod is positioned as a high-end speaker with a smart assistant. The company was focused on the market competing with Amazon Echo and Google Nest products with the launch of the new HomePod mini model last year. Also, more emphasis was placed on smart home integration with HomeKit, as well as Siri artificial intelligence. Let’s also mention that the HomePod carries a price tag of $ 299.