Apple discontinues original HomePod, will focus on mini – TechCrunch

Apple discontinued its original HomePod after four years. It added that its production and focus will continue on the HomePod Mini introduced last year. The larger HomePod offered beefier sound space, but the Mini is very well received and clearly fulfills many of the duties that were employed with the larger version. The sound is super solid (especially for size) and provides access to Siri, Apple’s supporting feature.

The original HomePod was a feat of audio engineering that Apple spent five years developing. To complete its development, Apple’s team built a full-fledged development center near its headquarters in Cupertino, a world-class development environment with a dozen aeomic chambers, including a large outside of educational use in the US The Anoic Chamber is also included. . I visited the center before its release, noting that Apple took the extra mile to get an incredibly complex series of tweeters and woofers that made up its soundspace:

But slathed on top of that is usually a bunch of Apple extra-mile jelly. Apple says that its largest testing room is one of the largest pads in the US, suspended from the outside world so as not to pollute audio purity testing. Beyond testing the acoustic properties of the speaker, these chambers allowed Apple to bend down to accounts and mitigate the issues that typically arise from having a high excursion subwoofer in such a small cabinet. Going even further, there are small chambers that allow them to separate the hum from electronic components (after all there is a computer on board) and try to insulate and control that noise so that it is visible in the final output Do not give.

I found this one Best speakers ever made For the house when I reviewed it in 2018. By the growing base and well-shaped nature inside the tweeter assembly; Specially designed cloth cover to avoid interference in sound quality in any way; The way it sensed the way the audio was being shaped by walls and other obstructions and adjusted its output to compensate. This was the definition of ‘no effort spared’ in the speaker department.

The main gripe for the speaker at the time was the $ 349 price tag, which was at the top end of the home speaker market, especially those with embedded home assistants. The $ 299 price drop was somewhat mitigated, but still placed at the top of the pricing umbrella for the class. Apple’s HomePod Mini, launched last year, has been well received. Our Brian Heater said it was’Notably big sound ‘for the price of $ 99.

Apple made a statement about the discontinuation of TechCrunch:

The HomePod Mini has been a hit since its first last fall, offering customers stunning sound, an intelligent assistant and smart home control. We are focusing our efforts on the HomePod Mini. We are discontinuing the original HomePod, it will be available when supplied through Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. Apple HomePod will provide customers with service and support through software updates and Apple Care.

Sales of existing HomePods will continue, but Apple’s website has already run out of space gray. It will continue to provide support for existing HomePods. App seems to be taking the bets by moving the Mini, which may indicate their desire to fill every room with a ‘good enough’ sound, rather than focusing on the ‘really incredible’ sound of the living room. The HomePod itself never reached the level where it could serve as a complete home theater replacement, although added to their multi-speaker configuration.

HomePod’s research and production efforts will in some ways run through Apple’s advanced audio rendering system, which led to things like spatial audio in AirPods. I like the people in my house quite a lot and so far no minis have been added to the mix. Perhaps a last-minute hunt is in order.