Apple HomePod To Be Reportedly Discontinued

After four years of sales, Apple has decided to discontinue its HomePod smart speaker, but will continue to sell its $99 HomePod Mini.


A newly published story from the website TechCrunch says Apple will no longer produce the HomePod smart speaker.

If the story is accurate, as TechCrunch points out, the discontinued HomePod will have been available for four years after Apple invested five years of research and development (R&D) into the product.

According to story, part of the speaker’s engineering includes the construction of a Development Center near its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. This development center features a dozen anechoic chambers, including one that is reported to be one of the biggest anechoic chambers outside of the academic world.

TechCrunch notes that when the HomePod was originally released it carried a price tag of $349, but after market pushback, Apple dropped the price to $299.

The website adds that for the time being Apple will continue to sell the speaker until its stock runs out.

If music fans want an Apple branded smart speaker, Apple still offers the $99 HomePod Mini.

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.