Apple’s smaller, lower-priced HomePod looms

In the market for an Apple HomePod, but can’t stomach the $349 $299 price? Well, you may soon be in luck as rumors and signs of an impending new HomePod – HomePod mini? – are ratcheting up. A new “smaller, lower-priced” HomePod may be getting ready to take its bow via press release.

Apple's HomePod
Apple’s HomePod

Apple’s HomePod is a breakthrough wireless speaker for the home that delivers amazing audio quality and uses spatial awareness to sense its location in a room and automatically adjust the audio. Designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 60 million songs, HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer for deep, clean bass, a custom array of seven beam-forming tweeters that provide pure high frequency acoustics with incredible directional control and powerful technologies built right in to preserve the richness and intent of the original recordings.

Joe Rossignol for MacRumors:

Apple is rumored to have a smaller, lower-priced HomePod on deck for later this year, and there are increasing signs that the new model could be on the horizon.

In addition to Best Buy offering the HomePod on sale for $199.99 this week, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman notes that Apple employees are now able to purchase up to 10 HomePods at a 50 percent discount, up from a limit of two.

The larger purchase limit could be part of Apple’s efforts to clear out inventory of the current HomePod ahead of the new model.

MacDailyNews Take: We love our HomePods – they sound great alone and even better in stereo pairs – but we can’t wait for them to be more accessible to a greater number of people who can finally discover what they’ve been missing!

16 Comments

  1. I‘ve never really followed the textiles business closely… there was a larger Apple HomePod Loom? I would imagine listening to music while weaving would be a better experience, just seems like a small market for Apple to go after.

    Still, though, larger than the Mac Pro market.

    /s

  2. Hmmm. It depends on the reason why Apple didn’t sell many of the original HomePod. Was it because they were too expensive or was it because Siri isn’t all that good as a voice assistant? I hope Apple has found the reason and has corrected whatever needed to be done to make it more appealing. I don’t want to hear complaints about this new model not being good enough. I don’t have any interest in voice assistants so I certainly won’t be buying a HomePod. I just hope it’s good enough that other consumers will be buying the new model. I’m guessing Amazon has the voice assistant market pretty much to itself and Amazon will happily take any hardware losses to hold on to that market share. It’s unlikely and unfortunate Apple can’t do anything about it.

    1. No aux in/out wired connections? what is the point, wired audio for music if it isn’t there, you got nothing of quality which is a shame for the price they are asking for that speaker. Siri or any of the other spymasters who cares….

  3. I love my stereo paired Home Pods. Amazing transparency and 3 dimensionality. All I ask for now is the “Home Sub”. With a subwoofer they would be unbelievable.

    (And in the same room I have MK Satellite speakers and sub, Nakamichi tape deck, Pioneer Elite amp etc. I used to be really into the audiophile thing.)

    Only if I play music through that system, do I hear what is missing.
    iSub, HomeSub, BassPod, bring it on. 😉

  4. I love my HomePods. Stereo pair in lounge and singles in bedroom and workroom. My music listening has increased dramatically since i got them, which can only be a good thing.

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