If rumours are to be believed, Apple may be about to drop a smaller and lower-priced HomePod later this year. Now signs are pointing towards it being sooner rather than later with HomePod deals popping up all over the place.
The original HomePod arrived in 2018 at £319, but Apple lowered the price to £279 last year. Now these prices have dropped across multiple retailers including Argos in the UK offering it for £199 and Best Buy in the US for $199.
This also comes at the same time Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman tweeted that Apple employees can now purchase up to 10 HomePods at a 50 percent discount. This is up from the limit of 2 and could be signs Apple is trying to shift inventory of the HomePod to make way for the new device.
So while this could be Apple wanting to lower its inventory position for the HomePod. It now seems likely that a lower-priced HomePod or even a HomePod Mini is around the corner. Which could help Apple play catch up in the smart speaker market with only 9% of the market. With Amazon and its Alexa-powered devices in 1st place and Google with 35% in second place.
These latest rumours and price drops come on the back of the new Apple TV that is also apparently about to drop. So whilst its unlikely Apple would hold a separate event so close to WWDC 2020. We could see the new hardware announced then, given its new online format and focus.
So as we get more information on a new HomePod or HomePod Mini, then we will let you know. But in the meantime, don’t forget to subscribe for more HomeKit News. If you have a question or a comment, then leave it below. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.