The rumor: Following the recent announcement of HomePod mini, Apple is considering a mid-range model to fill the gap, according to Mark Gurman (88.3% accurate).
- The new HomePod would be situated “in size, price and sound quality” between HomePod mini ($99) and HomePod ($299)
- Gurman also says Apple could ultimately cancel this new model in favor of further price cuts to the highest-end HomePod
Our take: For a product line that has struggled to sell well for so long, I don’t think anyone is asking for or is interested in a third HomePod model. The HomePod has potential to be a great smart speaker, but a third model doesn’t seem like a good move.