Apple Rumored to Launch Cheaper Versions of MacBook Air and HomePod This Year

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.

According to a report from the Economic Daily News, Apple is expected to launch a less expensive HomePod option this year, and the report also echoes a previous note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that Apple will launch a less expensive MacBook Air this year as well. Based on the information from the report, Apple’s less expensive HomePod option is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year, and it will cost between $150 and $200 in the United States.

The report doesn’t indicate what sacrifices Apple would be making in the area of specs and features to offer a smart speaker with a steep discount compared to the standard HomePod. Apple’s reasoning behind the $350 price point for the original HomePod was its standout audio performance, so it would stand to reason that this would be the area to get a slight cutback with the price change.

Meanwhile, the report also echoes previous rumors of other devices getting less expensive options this year as well, including a $259 9.7-inch iPad, a MacBook Air priced between $799 and $899, and the oft-rumored 6.1-inch iPhone that will cost between $649 and $749.

Our Take

Apple adding to its roster with more less expensive options is a good thing. And not just because it’s knocking back older models of devices that have been on the market for a year or longer. It’s likely that these new products will have slight changes compared to the flagship models in their respective categories, but that’s nothing new.

Would you pick up a cheaper HomePod if Apple launched one?

[via Mac Otakara; Economic Daily News]