Apple announced on Friday that it would no longer offer the original HomePod smart speaker and instead would focus on the smaller, cheaper, and newer HomePod mini.

The original HomePod was launched in 2018, but has never conquered the mass market as much as competing products like Amazon Echo or Google Home Smart Speaker. While the HomePod was praised for its high-quality sound, it launched for $ 349, which was much more expensive than the Echo or Google Home it competed with. Apple cut the price to $ 300 a year later.

Apple HomePod Mini

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The HomePod mini was launched last November and, at $ 99, is one of the best-sounding speakers of its size. This is the model that Apple says will continue to be sold.

“The HomePod mini has been a hit since its debut last fall and offers customers fantastic sound, intelligent assistant and smart home control for just $ 99,” an Apple spokesman told CNBC on Friday. “We’re focusing our efforts on the HomePod mini. We’re discontinuing the original HomePod. It will continue to be available while stocks last through the Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores, and Apple-authorized resellers. Apple is becoming HomePod customers.” Provide software updates and software updates. ” Service and support from Apple Care. “

The news was first reported by TechCrunch.