The first-generation HomePod, released in 2018, was not a commercial success Like the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and even the Apple Watch. The connected speaker arrived at the same time as the Google Nest and Amazon Echo. The launch was therefore timely. However, by positioning the HomePod 349 eurosThe Cupertino company has played the “high-end” card in a price segment where Sonos is already firmly entrenched. And despite the beautiful technical and aesthetic qualities, the product could not meet its audience.
apple first I lowered the price by 20 euros. What is history? But it wasn’t enough. The speaker was discontinued in 2021 and was replaced a few months ago by the HomePod mini, a more compact and above all much more affordable product. 99 euros. The result did not last long: sales finally increased. In January 2023, a day after the announcement of the new 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro powered by Apple M2 Pro and M2 Max, the Cupertino company is giving its original speaker a shot.
A second HomePod for the same price without much change
Here is the HomePod 2nd generation, which leaked at the end of 2022. The next generation takes the design of the first with an overhead subwoofer and five tweeters (and no longer seven) around the base. And the speaker is still controlled by voice, with Siri (and a set of four microphones), or with the fingers, a touchpad on the top of the product (enlarged in the HomePod mini image).
Some minor technical changes: case compatible AirPlay 2 (with all services necessary for distribution) and To be important (for integration into the home automation universe); he takes S7 chip (It has already passed in the Apple Watch Series 7), a UWB chip for easy connection with iPhone, a thermometer and one humidity sensor. It’s also eARC compatible for streaming television audio (over Apple TV 4K, of course).
Utilizing the same fabric, the new HomePod retains the strengths of its predecessor. well wall detection integration for a better sound environment Apple ecosystem (with the recently revamped Home app, the aforementioned iPhone or Apple TV) and pairing with the same HomePod (no Mini, no 1st Gen) to create a stereo system. Too bad this pairing is so restrictivebecause it forces you to buy a second speaker in advance (because you can’t use your current speaker).
Specifically the amount Apple is asking for this speaker 349 euros. Either the same starting price as the first generation. Will he succeed this time? Reply from next february 3, the date it became available in France. HomePod mini sees its price rise to 119 euros same time.