The HomePod went on sale earlier this year, and for $349 potential owners could have Apple’s first foray into the smart speaker market.
Corroborating a report from Bloomberg from earlier today, a new report from China claims that Apple has reduced its HomePod shipment forecast for the second quarter to 200,000 — down from the 500,000 forecast it had in the first quarter. Additionally, the company is also reducing its HomePod shipment forecast for the entire year.
The HomePod went on sale earlier this year, the company’s first smart speaker with a price tag set at $349.
Apple today released updates for iOS, tvOS, and watchOS, and now it has also called in new software for its first smart speaker, the HomePod.
Looking to buy a HomePod? Well, you might want to buy it from Costco as the retailer is offering a $20 discount on the smart speaker from Apple. The discount means that the HomePod can be purchased for $329 instead of its usual $349 price tag.
Apple started selling its first smart speaker, the HomePod, earlier this year. And while the device’s sound performance was heralded all over the place, one of its major drawbacks for many reviewers and users was tied specifically to the company’s digital personal assistant, Siri.
The release of HomePod has sparked quite a debate in online forums and among passionate Apple followers. It is about whether the HomePod’s excellent music quality makes up for its lack of smartness. Many people have dismissed the HomePod due to Siri’s limited integration with third-party services. Instead, they prefer the Google Home or Amazon Echo despite these speakers not delivering sound quality anywhere close to that of the HomePod.
Apple has relied on new devices, and a heavily redesigned iPhone, to spice up its lineup recently, but it looks like at least one of those new creations might not be flying off the shelves.
When Apple launched the HomePod, its smart speaker, to compete with Amazon Echo and Google Home, it was quite clear that Apple was focusing on sound quality rather than Siri, as a digital assistant.
Apple has a lot of products out there, many of which carry a hefty price tag. But rumors are starting to grow that the company may offer some less expensive options this year.