Apple has hired a new engineer to lead its HomePod software efforts. Afrooz Family previously worked at Apple from 2012 through 2016 where he worked on the original HomePod, before leaving the company and co-founding an audio startup, Syng. However, Afrooz left the startup earlier this year.
It is no secret that Apple HomePod never really sold well. Some blame it on the higher price, while others attribute it to the limitations. Earlier this year, Apple discontinued HomePod to make way for the affordable HomePod mini. The latest report from CIRP reveals in detail about US smart speaker market for June.
The original HomePod was a massive failure for Apple, with the company failing to attract customers despite the excellent sound quality offered by its smart speaker. Apple launched the HomePod mini as a replacement for the original HomePod in October last year. It looks like the mini speaker has helped Apple make inroads in the smart speaker market.
In March this year, Apple finally discontinued HomePod as the company focusses on HomePod mini. Currently, the HomePod is out of stock for both in-store and pickup purchases across the US. It looks like it took Apple almost three months to get rid of HomePod stock.
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.