On Friday, Apple told TechCrunch that it is going to discontinue its full size HomePod and instead, focus fully on the speaker efforts of the HomePod mini.
Apple stated “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.”
As of now, the Space Grey model of the full size HomePod is already sold out on Apple’s online store. The full size HomePod comes with great sound quality but it has been criticized for its high price. It came with a price tag of $349 at launch.
However, Apple was quick to take action, and back in April 2019, it eventually dropped the price to $299 and came out with a HomePod mini last year which is tagged with a price tag of $99. Apple’s price cutting strategy is not that much surprising because HomePod sales have reportedly been low.