When it involves Apple and audio, the company’s recent history points to at least one massive success, the really wireless Apple AirPods, further collectively major disappointment, the Apple HomePod. But regardless of how well each has done sales-wise, both products are headed for a significant refresh in the coming months, according to a report from Bloomberg.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod. It’ll undercut the present HomePod’s damage of $299 by providing simply 2 tweeters rather than the seven found within the original once it’s discharged. It’s not clear precisely once it’ll arrive, however, Bloomberg says we have a tendency to might doubtless see this new HomePod “as early as next year.” Apple’s HomePod, that reportedly hasn’t sold-out as well as the company had hoped, was priced at $349 at launch. Rumors of a cheaper version priced between $150 and $200 have swirled since 2018.
Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman says that a more basic model will be out “as early as next year.” This will supposedly include two tweeters instead of the six in the current model.
Gurman doesn’t predict what this stripped-down HomePod will sell for. An unconfirmed report from 2018 said the price could be between $150 and $200.
Currently, the HomePod costs $299, which has proven a tough sell for Apple despite a price drop from the speaker’s launch price of $349. The HomePod’s chief competitor is the $199 Sonos One, a smart speaker that is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and can be used with a variety of music services together with Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music, and many others.
A $199 HomePod would likely be very popular, but we suspect that at this price, Apple will introduce it as a separate type of HomePod — perhaps a HomePod Mini — instead of eliminating the current HomePod design. Both Amazon and Google have had success with a multi tiered approach to their smart speakers, the Echo and the Google Home, respectively.
We’re additionally obtaining an Associate in a Nursing update on the oft-rumored noise-canceling AirPods. Once slated for 2019 by Bloomberg’s own reporting, it now says to expect them in 2020. The buds are rumored to be priced higher than the current $159 model, but they’re also said to include water resistance which would be a welcome addition for gym or vacation use. Apple introduced second-generation AirPods earlier this year, with comparatively minor enhancements to battery life and “Hey Siri” support.
The third-generation AirPods will also supposedly be water-resistant. This is more likely to make them better able to deal with wearers’ sweat rather than allowing these earbuds to be used in a pool.
These improvements will increase the cost, according to Gurman. The current version starts at $159, but what the price for AirPods 3 will be is not yet known.