NEWS – When Apple first released the HomePod, they designed it to be a Bluetooth speaker first and a smart device second. It had amazing sound but cost way too much ($350), and thus it was largely ignored while Echos and Dots sold like crazy. Most people didn’t care about a speaker that was a smart device; they wanted a smart device that was a speaker (even if a crappy speaker). So Apple had to correct course and release the HomePod Mini. It’s a smart device that has decent sound and only costs $100. I bought four of them for my house and mainly use them to control a variety of HomeKit devices, like lights and my thermostat. Nice! In fact, sales have so nice that Apple recently announced that they are dropping the HomePod. I think Apple (finally) made the right choice here, and I’m looking forward to seeing what other cool things I can do with my Minis in the future.
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