The Homepods are the only networked speakers on which Apple’s voice assistant Siri can be used. Apple pursued an ambitious strategy with the original model: The Homepod was peppered with innovative sound technology – but it was also significantly more expensive than competing devices from Amazon with the voice assistant Alexa.
Apple focuses on the Homepod Mini
Apple sells the Homepod even after a temporary price cut – Remaining stock for 329 euros. According to market researchers, the price kept sales of the model within limits. With the Homepod Mini (test), which costs 99 euros, Apple is attacking its competitors for loudspeakers with voice assistants directly on their playing field. Apple points out that technologies from the larger model have flowed into the development of the Homepod mini – and they will continue to develop innovative audio products.
At the same time, the discontinuation of the original Homepod for Apple leaves one side open in the business with networked hi-fi speakers, which experienced a strong boost in the corona pandemic. With devices from sound specialists such as Sonos, you can integrate competing voice assistants such as Alexa and the Google Assistant, but not Siri. dpa
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