Apple has discontinued the standard HomePod and will now exclusively sell the HomePod mini. The original HomePod was unveiled by Apple in June 2017 and was praised for its excellent sound quality. However, it failed to sell in decent numbers due to its high price tag.
Following the release of iOS 14.2.1 to the iPhone 12 lineup in late November, Apple has today released the 14.2.1 software for HomePod and HomePod mini.
Apple launched the original HomePod in 2018. Unlike other smart speakers, the sole focus of HomePod was superior audio quality. The HomePod failed to take off as expected due to many reasons, including a premium price point. This year Apple launched a smaller and more affordable HomePod mini at $99.
Apple finally launched the HomePod mini at the “Hi, Speed” event. The latest HomePod features a spherical design and is much more affordable at $99. Apple has added a new HomePod feature to make it easier for you to get up in the morning. Until now, HomePod users could set the alarm on the smart speakers; now, they can select Apple Music tracks as an alarm tone.
Apple has expanded its smart speaker lineup and launched its second smart speaker today in the form of HomePod mini.
Leaker Evan Blass has not just leaked the various color options of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro but also images of the HomePod mini. The press renders give us our first look at the HomePod mini which looks quite a bit different from the regular HomePod.
One of the major gripes with HomePod users is that they couldn’t set Spotify or other third-party services as default. Thankfully Apple has addressed the shortcoming and HomePod now lets you change default services across different categories.
HomePod, Apple’s Siri-powered smart speaker, is currently sold out on Apple’s online store. There can be a multitude of reasons behind the HomePod being marked as sold out, including supply-chain issues or Apple possibly planning on launching a refreshed version of the smart speaker in the near future.
The HomePod has so far been running a cut down version of iOS which Apple refers to as HomePod software. However, with the recent HomePod Software 13.4 update, Apple has made a major underlying change to how its smart speaker works. The HomePod OS is now based on tvOS instead of iOS.