(Pocket-lint) - Apple has dropped the price of its larger HomePod smart speaker in the US and UK while there's now a smaller HomePod, too. The larger HomePod is no longer being produced by Apple but is still available from many vendors.
The HomePod mini was long-rumoured and is available in the traditional HomePod colours of white and charcoal. Here are the latest deals on that:
The original HomePod's sound was well-received when it debuted in early 2018 - it's a formidable device for a living room or study - but its Siri integration is patchy while there are several key missing features like Bluetooth support for streaming from non-Apple devices.
Apple has, however, released several updates for the device like stereo-pairing and multiroom support in the AirPlay 2 update. Phone calls and multiple timers have also been introduced along the way.
As we've said before on this site, while the HomePod might not have been a runaway success it still appears to have sold well - though Apple doesn't release precise figures. In late 2018 it was estimated that HomePod had a six percent slice of the smart speaker market and had sold well over a million units in the months after launch.
Apple recently said it would be opening up the HomePod to rival music services such as Spotify, presumably in a move to head off competition concerns.