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Apple discontinues the original HomePod smart speaker, turns attention to $99 HomePod mini

Apple on Friday bring up that it is discontinuing the original HomePod smart speaker and will instead focus on the smaller, more affordable and newer HomePod mini.

The prototypical HomePod was launched in 2018 but never quite grabbed the mass market the way competing products like the Amazon Reverberation or Google Home smart speakers did. While the HomePod has been lauded for its high-quality sound, it also launched at $349, which was much more overpriced than the Echo or Google Home it was competing with. Apple lowered the price to $300 a year later.

Apple HomePod Mini

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The HomePod mini started last November and, at $99, is among the best-sounding speakers of its size. That’s the model Apple says it will pursue to sell.

“HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall, offering customers amazing sound, an perceptive assistant, and smart home control all for just $99,” an Apple spokesperson told CNBC on Friday. “We are focusing our strains on HomePod mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Set aside, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple will provide HomePod customers with software updates and military talents and support through Apple Care.”

The news was first reported by TechCrunch.

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