Bass on a budget? Apple said to launch cheaper HomePod in 2020

New speaker will have reduced sound tech

Cheaper HomePod coming in 2020
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Apple's big September event is just around the corner, and with it will invariably come new iPhones and Apple Watches. What we probably won't get this year is a new HomePod. But one is apparently in the works.

Bloomberg has dropped its usual pre-event scoop detailing all the new devices Apple will launch, noting that a HomePod won't be among them. However, it does claim that Apple is working on a cheaper HomePod for launch "as early as next year."

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The purported HomePod will have two tweeters, scaling it back from the seven tweeters in the current HomePod. The $300 HomePod has sold poorly for Apple, but the company clearly sees a need to be in the smart speaker race.

In fact the company dropped the price of the speaker from its original price of $350 earlier this year, signaling that it knew it had to do more to compete with Amazon and Google.

There has long been speculation of a HomePod "Mini" in the works, which could be the same, cheaper speaker detailed in Bloomberg's report. A smaller speaker would make sense with the pared-down tech, but we'll have to wait and see. For now, here's our Apple HomePod 2 wish list.

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