Apple pulled plug on plan to battle Sonos Roam with battery-powered HomePod

Apple as soon as deliberate to launch a transportable battery-powered model of its HomePod good speaker, in line with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

In his PowerOn newsletter, Gurman mentioned the corporate even created a prototype HomePod Bluetooth speaker earlier than finally shelving the mission.

If Gurman’s declare is correct, that is a disgrace, as there are few actually transportable good audio system in the marketplace proper now – we might actually do with a rival to problem our favourite mannequin, the Sonos Roam, if solely to shake up the market a bit.

Proper now, Apple’s solely wi-fi speaker, the HomePod mini (Apple discontinued the unique HomePod in March final 12 months) must be plugged into an influence outlet. 

Beats Pill Plus with a phone leaning on it

The Beats Tablet+ (pictured) was just lately discontinued. (Picture credit score: Future)

Extra just lately, Apple discontinued the one Bluetooth speaker in its subsidiary Beats’ vary, unceremoniously eliminating the Beats Tablet+. Whereas the corporate is but to substantiate the rationale behind the transfer, Apple has been steadily streamlining the Beats product lineup over the past 12 months, having additionally discontinued the Powerbeats, Beats EP, and Solo Professional headphones and earbuds.

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