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Fun fact: Microsoft Office's Clippy was among the first smart assistants made widely available to consumers. That same technology has since meandered over into the world of audio, where internet-connected speakers are now capable of pairing with other devices and being controlled by a listener's voice. With more and more electronics companies dipping their toes into the smart speaker marketplace to meet surging public demand, there are a lot of options for consumers to consider. But it's a newcomer that's got everyone else beat in terms of sound quality and high-tech features: the Apple HomePod. Introduced less than a year ago, the compact HomePod boasts the latest in audio technology.

Apple gives up on its original HomePod in favor of the $99 mini


When Apple's HomePod debuted in 2018 as a $349 speaker that had a tendency to stain surfaces, it wasn't smart enough to match its audio quality or price. Software updates have helped address the first issue and the price has dropped over time, but tonight TechCrunch reports confirmation from Apple that it will discontinue the original speaker. In a statement, Apple confirmed software updates and tech support will continue for existing units, and "it will continue to be available while supplies last through the Apple Online Store, Apple Retail Stores, and Apple Authorized Resellers." The company said it will focus efforts instead on the HomePod mini, the $99 edition it released last fall that fits better as a competitor to offerings from Google and Amazon. The overall arc is similar to Google's Home Max, which similarly ended its run -- but is still available from Google via eBay for $190 -- after smart speaker shoppers largely declined to pay premium prices for a speaker from a tech company.

Low-Cost Apple HomePod Rumored To Be Sold Under The Beats Brand

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Apple's HomePod smart speaker is lagging behind the competition in terms of sales, so the tech giant is rumored to be working on a low-cost model. A sketchy report over the weekend claims that Apple's low-cost HomePod might actually be released under the Beats brand. Apple is said to be working on the low-cost HomePod with chip supplier MediaTek, according to the Chinese website Sina. The report also claims that the cheaper HomePod model will be sold under the Beats brand, but it didn't give out other information related to specs, pricing or a potential release date. Rumors of a low-cost HomePod started back in March when a Chinese website claimed that the new device could sell for somewhere between $150 and $200.

A toilet paper roll? These are the things people say Apple's HomePod resembles

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An Apple handout photo shows the HomePod, a wireless speaker for the home designed to work with an Apple Music subscription for access to over 40 million songs. HomePod features a large, Apple-designed woofer and a custom array of seven tweeters. HomePod will be available for $349 in white and space gray starting in December. HomePod is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, running iOS 11. (Photo: Apple) On Monday, Apple finally unveiled its entry into the smart speaker market with the HomePod. And as expected, the Internet could not stop talking about it.

Deal alert: Apple's HomePod speaker is $100 off for the holidays


It's the holidays, which means everyone is overwhelmed with all the "deals" available. There are so many that, at times, you've probably wondered whether they really are good bargains. Well, we have one for you that truly is a sale worth checking out. And the best part is it's an Apple device. Apple is notoriously stingy when it comes to discounting its products.