A cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way next year

first_img • Mentioned Above Apple HomePod (White) Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Review • Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it’s trapped in Apple’s world $299 Share your voice Best Buy Tags Apple Apple CNET may get a commission from retail offers. A cheaper HomePod could be coming next year.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Apple’s HomePod was praised for its sound quality, but the pricey Siri-powered smart speaker has failed to keep up with offerings from Amazon, Google and Sonos, among others. Its initial $349 price didn’t do it any favors; neither did Siri’s limited functionality compared to Alexa or Google Assistant. Help may be on the way. After not updating the physical HomePod since its release in early 2018, Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod for “as early as next year.”The report says that the cheaper speaker will “likely to have two tweeters (a type of loudspeaker), down from seven in the current HomePod.” It is unclear if this will be a so-called “HomePod Mini” to rival Amazon’s Echo Dot or Google’s Home Mini. How much lower the price will go to is also unknown. While it was originally launched at $349, earlier this year the company cut the price to $299. Today it can be found for even cheaper than that, with B&H currently selling it for $269.95. Apple did not immediately respond to a CNET request for comment. In addition to working on a new HomePod, Apple is reportedly prepping three new iPhones for September as well as updates to the MacBook Pro, iPad, Apple Watch and AirPods.  Preview • Hey Siri, beat Amazon, Google and Sonos: Apple HomePod hits Feb. 9 Comment Apple HomePod Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it See Itcenter_img See All $299 Amazon Bluetooth Rumors Google Apple reading • A cheaper Apple HomePod could be on the way next year Adorama $299 Aug 31 • Apple iPhone 11 launches Sept. 10, Disney Plus in big demand Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $299 See it See It News • Get a refurbished Apple HomePod for $194 Smart Home Wireless & Bluetooth Speakers See It 1last_img

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