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Maybe COVID is making supply chains complicated and they have a successor coming out soon, but they were forced to have a gap between products. Their wording does not imply that, but maybe they’re just not talking about future products ??♂️— Matt Birchler (@mattbirchler) March 13, 2021
Apple’s statement really makes it sound like they’re dropping the original because people only care about the Mini in any meaningful quantity.— Matt Birchler (@mattbirchler) March 13, 2021
My immediate reaction is to wonder how long software updates will keep coming. How long until they become inconvenient to use?
Apple’s rep is coming in late to a market but doing so with a product that transforms it. I’m not sure what market Apple was going for – it didn’t have the AI chops for ambient computing nor the ecosystem for immersive home audio.— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) March 13, 2021
Sounded nice, though
in the last 6 months, two of the large, high priced smart speakers on the market (Google Home Max & Apple HomePod) have been discontinued, leaving just the Echo Studio. (there are some smaller players like Marshall too)— dan seifert (@dcseifert) March 13, 2021
Sonos should put some voice assistant mics on the Five ASAP
Apple is killing the things I love and I’m getting really irritated, sorry about that, haha. I’ll get over it.— Michael Kukielka ? (@DetroitBORG) March 13, 2021
I want a HomePod but with an iPad glued to it.— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) March 12, 2021
iMac Pro discontinued last Friday.— Joe Rossignol (@rsgnl) March 13, 2021
HomePod discontinued this Friday.
What will be discontinued next Friday?
And I’m one of those people! One of those products built for my use case but not for the broader world — but Apple is sometimes good at bending the world to their will. But couldn’t see it here, Amazon had beat them to the bending…— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) March 13, 2021
I have several stereo pairs connected to Apple TVs which I REALLY like, again super niche, but nonetheless Apple is stepping away from some premium in-home features for basically an overpriced echo dot.— Michael Kukielka ? (@DetroitBORG) March 13, 2021
The HomePod mini’s only saving grace is its price, which has me interested in picking up a few — if it’s ever made available here —, but I don’t expect the user experience to be any better— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) March 13, 2021
They’ve also burned so much goodwill with Siri. Amazon is not spending half its time being like “No, Alexa is good now”— nilay patel (@reckless) March 13, 2021
Next Apple product to be discontinued…iPad mini?— Michael Kukielka ? (@DetroitBORG) March 13, 2021
For sure. Also imagine if Apple had taken advantage of their legit first-mover advantage with Siri and it was leaps and bounds ahead of the others, the HomePod may have actually been a killer device!— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) March 13, 2021
Mark Gurman/Debby Wu in Oct 2020: "Apple has also internally weighed a new HomePod that sits in size, price, and sound quality between the original $299 HomePod and the $99 HomePod mini. It's unclear if Apple will ultimately launch that product."— Joe Rossignol (@rsgnl) March 13, 2021
Seems unlikely now? https://t.co/Qm1eA2KKhO
I feel like Apple would have waited until this mid-range HomePod was introduced to "quietly" discontinue the full-size HomePod, as discontinuing a product without an immediate replacement never looks super great. (Hence why this is a Friday night news dump.)— Joe Rossignol (@rsgnl) March 13, 2021
Not surprised. HomePod always seemed flawed. Over-engineered smart speaker you really need two of to fill the room properly, appealing to a market whose money would be better off going into a more flexible ecosystem like Sonos.— Adam Demasi (@hbkirb) March 13, 2021
HomePod mini is the clear path forward for Apple. https://t.co/zyzufoYIgo
…iPod Touch?— Michael Kukielka ? (@DetroitBORG) March 13, 2021
Right now Apple is saying it's because they're focused on the HomePod mini. I think it's to make room for a home theater audio product. Maybe a soundbar with HomePod-quality sound and an Apple TV built in.— Mikah Sargent (@mikahsargent) March 13, 2021
Apple discontinues $299 original (larger) HomePod. Will focus on $99 HomePod mini.— Neil Cybart (@neilcybart) March 13, 2021
Initial reaction: Wow. Apple betting market for premium sound (music) in home will remain niche.
Second reaction: Apple's first AR/VR headset must not be too far away. https://t.co/kPwUD3g1WA
happens with the iPod touch every cycle; replace the hardware, then drop it from the next OS. They’d need a new Apple TV before June to justify that though— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) March 13, 2021
2017 was a cursed year. AirPower, iMac Pro, and HomePod were discontinued by Apple.— Filipe Espósito (@filipeesposito) March 13, 2021
I love my original HomePods but having used the mini, this move makes sense. It also feels a lot like clearing the decks of bad news in advance of an imminent event.— John Voorhees (@johnvoorhees) March 13, 2021
Apple Has Discontinued the Original HomePod https://t.co/12rSlkgFQP pic.twitter.com/qbl51l2D6H
How many years until HomePod can no longer access Apple’s servers and since it has no I/O will become just a useless tube of heft? Any guesses?— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) March 13, 2021
I wonder if they'll add home theater audio support to the mini or if they're going to announce something else (are they finally making the soundbar I've been asking for?), because I started to enjoy my HomePod again after enabling home theater audio.https://t.co/Pn61CIkpcq— Mikah Sargent (@mikahsargent) March 13, 2021
Part of my frustration is that I use HomePod extensively for my HomeKit setup and sound system with stereo pairs everywhere. With Apple leaving that (admitedly niche) market, I’m kinda stuck assuming much of that will be abandoned, mini is not really an audio product.— Michael Kukielka ? (@DetroitBORG) March 13, 2021
I wish I had good things to say on the eve of the HomePod’s death, but it was just never a great product. I was never happy with the audio quality of a standalone unit, and Siri+HomeKit is incredibly inconsistent, and nowhere near as fun as a voice assistant as Google’s/Amazon’s— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) March 13, 2021
I expect the original HomePod to be dropped like a stone from future OS updates — it’s saddled with a CPU no longer supported by mainline iOS (they moved it to a tvOS core recently, just to stay afloat), and the HomePod mini is built on Apple Watch chips— Steve Troughton-Smith (@stroughtonsmith) March 13, 2021
Also, HomePod mini discontinued ~2023? I'm afraid Apple is simply too late to the market here – cheaper, more diverse options from the competition, available *everywhere*, in multiple languages, with smarter assistants.— Federico Viticci (@viticci) March 13, 2021
We'll see. Happy to be proven wrong!
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