Discontinued HomePod now largely unavailable in Apple Stores, but still in stock online
It’s been more than 80 days since Apple announced the discontinuation of the original HomePod. Now Apple appears to be slashing sales of its smart speaker in retail stores, even as availability continues online.
As spotted by MacRumors, most physical Apple stores don’t have a HomePod available for pickup. However, it is still possible to order the smart speaker online for hassle-free next day delivery.
As of April 12, when Apple discontinued the product, the space gray model of the HomePod has sold out completely, but the white version is widely available. Now, if you try to get the product in most major cities, such as San Jose, New York, or Miami, you won’t find any.
As WWDC 2021 approaches, Apple could finally run out of stock. In the last couple of months, evidence has emerged of the poor sale of Apple’s smart speaker.
YouTuber Michael Kukielka, also known as DetroitBORG, bought at least two HomePods after Apple discontinued the product, and to his surprise, the models it bought were from launch stock three years ago.
Even though the HomePod is long gone, Apple is still compromised by offering it software updates. For example, with iOS 14.7, users will be able to set timers on the HomePod using the Home app on iPhone and iPad.
Apple has also promised in a future update lossless compatibility with Apple Music on the smart speaker.
HomePod currently uses AAC to ensure excellent audio quality. Support for lossless is coming in a future software update.
Since Apple doesn’t say what its next steps are, we’ll have to wait for another Pro consumer-focused audio product, perhaps with a price tag closer to $ 199 instead of $ 299. A Bloomberg report says the company is developing a smart TV box with a built-in HomePod speaker and a FaceTime camera.
So if you want an original HomePod, your time may be running out to grab one.
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