Apple discontinues HomePod to focus on mini

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Apple will discontinue its original HomePod four years after first releasing the smart speaker.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant says it will instead focus on its new and smaller HomePod mini, which went on sale in November for $99.

“We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers,” Apple said in a statement, reported by TechCrunch. “We are focusing our efforts on HomePod mini.”

Apple didn’t immediately respond Saturday to USA TODAY’s request for comment. As of Saturday, the HomePod was selling for $299 on Apple’s website with the mini available for $99.

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Apple first entered the smart speaker market in 2018 with the original HomePod, first priced at $349, but dogged by complaints that the speaker did little more than just play music. It was dwarfed by sales of Amazon’s Echo, the No. 1 best-selling smart speaker, and what was originally called the Google Home.

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