26 March 2021
As we are moving ahead, we are learning that the discontinuation of the HomePod is not entirely due to the good performer mini. Well, the mini variant at just $99 is pretty viable to offer you what a standard HomePod would, and keeping the two in the same competition doesn’t make sense as well. But a lot goes behind the discontinuation of a commercial product and it appears. we are slowly getting to know more reasons behind Apple’s decision.
A recent report from Bloomberg that broke the news of a hidden temperature sensor fitted inside the HomePod mini also disclosed that Apple is developing new HomePod models with screens and cameras.
Apple has been developing new speakers with screens and cameras.
The report didn’t go into detail but it is not too difficult to conclude a few things out of it.
Clearly, a smart speaker with a display and camera might compete against the like of Google’s Nest Hub Max, Amazon’s Echo Show, and Facebook’s Portal. But, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg, who breaks the new stories has cautioned that “a launch isn’t imminent.”
Currently, the existing competitors do more than just being a smart speaker. They can be used for video calls or function as a digital picture frame for photo albums. They also let you stream live video feed from your connected smart home cameras. For now, it is pretty hard to explain what Apple is exactly developing and what feature it has planned to offer via this reported home speaker with a display.
The report somewhat, however, gives us an idea why Apple discontinued the HomePod in the first place. Pushing the HomePod mini in the front is one thing but it is not the only reason for quitting the HomePod entirely. Apple is clearly moving its focus on better things and producing more “generic” HomePod models doesn't make any sense.