When the Apple HomePod debuted in 2018 like a $ 349 speaker that had a tendency to stain surfaces, it wasn’t smart enough to match its audio quality or price. Software updates helped fix the first issue and the price dropped over time, but tonight TechCrunch reports Apple’s confirmation that it will shut down the original speaker.
In a statement, Apple confirmed that software updates and technical support will continue for existing units, and “it will remain available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Stores and Authorized Resellers. Apple “. The company said it would focus its efforts on HomePod mini, the $ 99 edition released last fall that better matches as a competitor to Google and Amazon offerings.
The overall arc is similar to that of Google’s Home Max, which finished his race – but is still available on Google via eBay for $ 190 – after smart speaker buyers largely refused to pay hefty prices for a speaker from a tech company. As TechCrunch note, the HomePod Space Gray Edition is already exhausted online and in select Apple Stores, although Best Buy and other retailers may have more units of the now – $ 300 speaker in stock.