Apple Cuts HomePod Orders After Sales Prove to Be Lackluster

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's HomePod hasn't ended up selling as well as the company was hoping, leading it to cut orders with suppliers, reports Bloomberg.

    In late March, nearly two months after the HomePod first became available for purchase, Apple reportedly lowered its sales forecasts and dropped some orders with Inventec, the company responsible for manufacturing the HomePod. HomePod inventory in retail locations is said to be "piling up" with some stores selling "fewer than 10 HomePods a day."


    Early analyst estimates based on strong pre-orders and initial sales figures suggested the HomePod would sell well and capture a solid portion of the smart speaker market, but Apple hasn't managed to maintain sales momentum.
    Apple charges $349 for the HomePod, making the device more expensive than competing smart speakers from Amazon and other companies. Apple put a lot of effort into promoting the HomePod's superior sound quality, but its high price tag, its lack of connectivity with non-Apple devices, and its inability to work natively with music services other than Apple Music have likely hurt its sales.

    As Bloomberg points out, the HomePod's February launch was delayed from an initial promised December launch, causing Apple to miss out on key holiday sales.

    HomePod also continues to lack promised features like stereo pairing to pair two HomePods together and AirPlay 2 support for controlling the music on multiple HomePods located in different rooms of the house. There are hints of this functionality in iOS 11.4, so these options could be coming soon, but HomePod owners and prospective buyers are likely disappointed with the months-long wait for basic features.

    Apple isn't likely planning to give up on the HomePod despite its lackluster sales because it's part of an audio accessory lineup that includes the AirPods and the upcoming rumored high-end over-ear headphones.

    Loup Ventures analyst Gene Munster in February said he expects sales to pick up later in the year. He predicts Apple will sell a total of 7 million HomePods in 2018, with that number set to grow to 10.9 million in 2019.

    Article Link: Apple Cuts HomePod Orders After Sales Prove to Be Lackluster
  2. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    Everyone with a brain predicted this.

    Cut the price.

    Being $100 overpriced will cause lackluster sales.

    So will incompatibility and Siri. Just take Siri out back and shoot it.
  3. I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Apple’s vision has been dead on lately. I’m guessing HomePod will ultimately be a smashing success.
  4. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    I'm sure a percentage of adopters are waiting on Airplay 2
  5. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Coming in and grabbing 10% of the smart speaker market in just the first couple weeks, with a premium priced product is a big accomplishment. Not enough credit is being given here. Can you imagine if Ferrari came out with a car that captured 10% of the total market?

    Far better to have to cut orders than have too few to meet demand. It's a smart move by a company that understands supply chain better than most.
  6. BaccaBossMC macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2016
    Nursing Home of the U.S.
    What on earth did they think was going to happen when they went to twice the price of their main competitors...
  7. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    Some people at MacRumors are likely pulling out the good wine.
  8. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    Why? Unless they plan on buying multiple HomePods, there's no advantage to it.
  9. Tozovac macrumors 65816


    Jun 12, 2014
    Make your software intuitive and fun to look at and use again, then watch the $$ roll in.
  10. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    If it was $200 I can guarantee I would own one even if the sound quality wasn't quite as good. $350 is just way more than I can justify for ONE speaker..
  11. OTACORB, Apr 11, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2018

    OTACORB macrumors 68000


    Jun 21, 2009
    Central, Louisiana
    Not mention a high return rate. I think people including myself got one. It was initially really sweet, but then it sinks in. I just spent $400 on a speaker with the tax and while it sounds great, what does it really bring to the table. Siri isn't that great. I ended up going with Echo Dot's connected to my JBL Xtreme's. One in my living room and one in my bedroom. I am happy. I think many have done this and decided this speaker just isn't worth the cost of admission.
  12. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Hey apple, Siri sucks and uhhh................yea, Siri sucks.
  13. avanpelt macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    That's what happens when it's priced too high AND it still doesn't have features ready months after launch. Oh, and the primary way to interact with the device sucks.
  14. DocMultimedia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2012
    Charlottesville, VA
    Lack of Airplay 2 is keeping me from buying a second one. Growth will be next holiday season. Just like the Apple Watch, this one will go "slowly" by analyst standards.
  15. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
  16. verniesgarden macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2007
    Portland, Or
    cut the price, improve Siri, and implement the promises... then I'll buy another, b
  17. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    Wouldn't any new device with airplay 2 work with it? And didn't apple say all airplay 1 devices could upgrade to airplay 2? I could be remembering wrong.
  18. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    Nailed it.

    HomePod is off to a great start.
  19. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    I agree but it’s also about functionality and it’s position in the market. Apple have no other smart speakers and in an overhyped, price competitive market they need a lower price offering that is a smart speaker rather than a speaker with some smart functionality.
  20. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Apple’s crappy software is really starting to catch-up with them.

    Wonder when Tim will wake up..This is his greatest failing as CEO.
  21. Blakjack, Apr 11, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2018

    Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    And lets not forget you can get two Sonos Ones for 350 bucks with Alexa and Google assistant in the near future. Its just retarded to buy a HomePod. Especially without the ability to pair multiple speakers.
  22. OS-SEX macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2012
  23. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    Assuming this means some Apple Stores (i.e. not resellers), that's shockingly poor sales.
  24. alleggerita macrumors 6502


    Dec 19, 2011
    The sales tapered off just like the bass. Bring back the bass Apple.

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