Apple is reportedly discontinuing its original HomePod smart speaker as the company pivots focus to the HomePod mini, its smaller and more affordable baby brother.
TechCrunch reported confirmation from Apple on Friday that its shelving the HomePod just a few short years after its initial launch. Reviews werent kind when Apples voice-controlled smart speaker first hit shelves in 2018. Critics argued its admittedly high-quality sound wasnt worth the hassle of dealing with Apples walled garden and its steep $349 price tag, which is much more expensive than Amazons Echo or Googles Nest line of smart speakers. As if that wasnt enough, the HomePod also had a bizarre tendency to stain peoples furniture. Apple lowered the price to $299 a year later, but that apparently wasnt enough to save it seeing as Apples now putting the HomePod out to pasture.
The HomePod Mini, on the other hand, received a much warmer reception. This tinier version of Apples first-generation smart speaker launched in November with a $99 price tagstill more expensive than its diminutive competitors, the Echo Dot or Nest Mini, but on par with Amazon and Googles mid-tier options. At the time, we called the HomePod Mini a solid little speaker and the perfect complementary device for folks embracing the Apple smart home ecosystem.
In a statement to multiple outlets, Apple said the HomePod Mini has been a hit since its debut, so much so that the companys opted to exclusively focus on its tiniest speaker.
If you currently own an OG HomePod, dont worry: Apple confirmed software updates and tech support will continue for those already on the market. Existing units will also remain available while supplies last, though the Space Gray option already appears to be sold out on Apples website.
You can read Apples statement in full below:
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. 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.
The original HomePod isnt the only product en route to Apples graveyard this month. Last week, Apple announced its discontinuing the iMac Pro, its $5,000 workstation, after just four years on the market.

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