Last updated: February 03, 2023, 7:47 PM IST
Apple HomePod has divided opinion since it debuted on the market. The supposed smart speaker was intended to help Apple compete with Amazon Echo and Google Assistant smarts. But in 2021, the company decided to discontinue the HomePod with reportedly lackluster sales.
Most of us expected this to be the end of the HomePod, until we saw the company revive the series with a new version that launched last month. People are intrigued by this decision and now Apple has come out to explain why the HomePod has been launched.
It seems that the company has received positive reviews about the acoustics of the large smart speaker, which has forced the brand to release another version.
Apple kept the same form factor for the HomePod because the team “really loves” the shape of the full-size HomePod, as quoted in an interview by TechCrunch. Apple is known for offering high-quality audio products, so it makes sense to have a smart speaker that fits consumers’ audio profiles.
The other major concern was the lack of stereo pairing with the first-generation HomePod. And it was not surprising to hear the company say that the reason for this is the lack of hardware matching between both versions.
To be fair, the first HomePod had the A8 chip from the iPhone 6, while the new one uses the S7 chip you get on the Apple Watch Series 7, so the upgrades may work against backward support. So, in classic Apple fashion, buyers will have to buy two of the new HomePods to create the stereo experience in their home. The new Apple HomePod costs Rs 32,900 in India. It is available in White and Midnight color variants. The device will go on sale in the country from Friday 3 February.
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